The French-American film "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" was named best picture at 2008 Prix Lumieres which is France's equivalent of the Golden Globes. On Sunday,January 13, night in Paris, the biopic depicting the inner life of a paralyzed French fashion editor was chosen to be given the honor by a panel of about 200 foreign journalists based in France.
The Julian Schnabel's drama also managed to bring recognition for its leading man, Mathieu Amalric as the "Munich" actor won best actor for his performance as the successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle who suffered a massive stroke. Despite garnering the top prizes, the director of the film based on true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby lost to Abdellatif Kechiche for "The Secret of the Grain". Further, like "Diving Bell", "Grain" also brought home award for its performer. Hafsia Herzi was given the honor of top female newcomer.
The best actress kudo went to Marion Cotillard for her performance as Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's "La Vie En Rose", whereas the male newcomer award was given to Jocelyn Quivrin for Jan Koenen's hit comedy "99 Francs". Morevoer, Alfred Lot picked up the screenplay prize for thriller film "La Chambre des Morts" and "Delice Paloma" took the French-language foreign film award.