Paris — While this year’s Academy Awards have been heavily criticized over the lack of diversity in nominees, back in France, a record number of women and ethnic minorities will be competing in major categories at the Cesar Awards.
Making up half of the directors nominated at the Cesar Awards, “Mustang
’s” Deniz Gamze Ergüven
, “Standing Tall
’s” Emmanuelle Bercot
and “Mon Roi
will compete for best helmer.
Looking back, only one woman, Céline Sciamma
(“Girlhood”), competed for a best director Cesar last year. In 2014, there were none; in 2013, there was just Noemie Lvovsky with “Camille
Rewinds”; and in 2012 (a stellar year for French movies), Maiwenn
and Valerie Donzelli
competed with “Polisse
” and “Declaration of War,” respectively.
In terms of representing ethnic minorities and including foreign-language movies into its mix, the Cesar Awards have also come a long way. Both “Dheepan” and “Mustang
,” nominated for nine Cesar Awards each,