France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma
unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand
’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody
) and Gilles Lellouche
’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim
) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard
’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers
, and Pierre Salvadori
’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You
) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.
There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.
Also out of Cannes,