By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 22, 2013 at 6:07PM
A radiant red-robed Emmanuelle Riva accepted the Cesar for best actress Friday night at Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet for Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won five awards including best picture, director, original screenplay and best actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke was in Los Angeles for Saturday's Indie Spirits and Sunday's Oscars, while Trintignant was in Brussels in a play, he told the audience via his son Vincent's cell phone: "Je suis tres content, merci beaucoup," he said. Kevin Costner accepted a Life Achievement Award--and seemed to fall asleep during Riva's long speech.
My rough translation of some of it: "I had many chances to succeed in my life," she said. "I want to thank everyone." She described her job as "the eternal invitation of my life," and said she felt solidarity with all the people she's worked with, like the way she loved singing in her school chorus. As she tried to lift her Cesar, she asked for help carrying it off the stage: "It weighs more than me!" Sophie Gluck will now accompany Riva to Los Angeles to the Oscars, where she could beat out frontrunner Jennifer Lawrence of "Silver Linings Playbook."
Other winners at the Cesars include "Farewell My Queen" (three tech awards) and Cannes entries "Rust and Bone" (four awards including adapted screenplay, score, editing and newcomer Matthias Schoenaerts) and doc "Les Invisibles." Noémie Lvovsky’s "Camille Redouble," the most-nominated film, took home nothing.
And the winner of best foreign film: "Argo."
Michael Haneke, Amour
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour
Valérie Benguigui, What’s In A Name
Guillaume de Tonquedec, What’s In A Name
Michael Haneke, Amour
Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Rust & Bone
Izia Higelin, Mauvaise Fille
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust & Bone
Alexandre Desplat, Rust & Bone
Antoine Deflandre, Germaine Boulay, Eric Tisserand, Cloclo
Romain Winding, Farewell, My Queen
Juliette Welfling, Rust & Bone
Christian Gasc, Farewell, My Queen
Katia Wyszkop, Farewell, My Queen
Louise Wimmer, Cyril Mennegun
Ernest Et Célestine, Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier
Les Invisibles, Sébastien Lifshitz
Le Cri Du Homard, Nicolas Guiot