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:
"The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Omar Sy, "Intouchables"
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Michel Blanc, "The Minister"
Carmen Maura, "Service Entrance"
Gregory Gadebois, "Angele et Tony"
Naidra Ayadi, "Polisse"
Clotilde Hesme, "Angele et Tony"
Sylvain Estibal, "When Pigs Have Wings"
Pierre Schoeller, "The Minister"
Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski, "Carnage"
"A Separation," Asghar Farhadi
Guillaume Schiffman, "The Artist"
"The Rabbi's Cat," Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux
"Tous au Larzac," Christian Rouaud
Ludovic Bource, "The Artist"
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.