The Artist wins 6 Cesar awards



PARIS -- Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white silent homage to Hollywood's Golden Age, "The Artist" won top kudos Friday night at the 37th Cesar awards (basically France's Oscars), including film, director for Michel Hazanavicius, thesp for Berenice Bejo, production design (Laurence Bennett), cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman), music (Ludovic Bource).

But "The Artist" didn't have it all its way.

Omar Sy beat out "The Artist" star Jean Dujardin in the actor category for his performance in Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's smash hit buddy dramedy "Untouchable."

Thesp-turned-helmer Maiwenn's daring police ensembler, "Polisse," which was nomed for a record 13 Cesar awards, won female newcomer Naidra Ayadi and editing (Laure Gardette, Yann Dedet).

Pierre Schoeller's political drama "The Minister," won supporting actor for Michel Blanc, original screenplay (Schoeller) and sound.

A complete list follows:

FILM
"The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius

DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

ACTOR
Omar Sy, "Intouchables"

ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michel Blanc, "The Minister"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carmen Maura, "Service Entrance"

NEWCOMER, ACTOR
Gregory Gadebois, "Angele et Tony"

NEWCOMER, ACTRESS
Naidra Ayadi, "Polisse"
Clotilde Hesme, "Angele et Tony"

FIRST FILM
Sylvain Estibal, "When Pigs Have Wings"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pierre Schoeller, "The Minister"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski, "Carnage"

FOREIGN FILM
"A Separation," Asghar Farhadi

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Guillaume Schiffman, "The Artist"

ANIMATED FILM
"The Rabbi's Cat," Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Tous au Larzac," Christian Rouaud

MUSIC
Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"

Variety
For those thinking Dujardin's loss means anything for the Oscar: don't. The winner, Omar Sy, is in one of France's biggest box office hits ever and he's the first black person to ever win the award. He's been the favorite for awhile.