This year's César nominations (i.e. The French Oscars) have been announced. Due to the oddities of release schedules statesides, especially when it comes to subtitled pictures, many of the French films we've been discussing as "best ofs" like Girlhood, Saint Laurent, and Clouds of Sils Maria were 2014 features in France and honored accordingly. The only real crossovers with our current awards season are Denis Gamze Erguven's Oscar nominated Mustang (now playing in very limited release in the States) which is all over their nominations and two of their "Foreign Film Nominees" Hungary's Son of Saul and Italy's Youth which will compete with last year's US Best Picture winner Birdman.
Their nominations were led by the prestige vehicle Marguerite (which is "loosely based" on the story of Florence Foster Jenkins who is getting her own American biopic starring Meryl Streep this year) and Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days which are both expected to receive US theatrical releases in 2016. (If you see a link, it goes to our review of the picture, or past articles about the actor or director)
- Dheepan, Jacques Audiard
- Fatima, Philippe Faucon
- The Measure of a Man, Stephane Brize
- Marguerite, Xavier Giannoli
- Mon Roi, Maïwenn
- Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven
- Standing Tall, Emmanuelle Bercot
- My Golden Days, Arnaud Desplechin
Let's discuss their nominations and various beautiful Frenchies after the jump.