"Prophet" star Tahar Rahim won the best actor and most promising actor prizes Saturday at the Chatelet Theatre for his role as a young Arab man sent to French prison who eventually gains power among the reigning Corsican mafia. "Long live French cinema," Rahim proclaimed as he accepted his second prize.
French actress-singer Vanessa Paradis presented the director prize to Audiard, who thanked the Academy before launching into a politically charged talk about France's immigrant population.
Niels Arestrup, no stranger to Audiard's films, was named best supporting actor for his performance in "Prophet."
Nominated in 13 categories, "Prophet" -- which Sony Pictures Classics opened Friday in the U.S., where it has been nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar -- also won Cesars for original screenplay, »
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