Marion Cotillard, Kristen Stewart Among Cesar Awards Nominees

Stewart, who appears in 'Clouds of Sils Maria', is the first American actress who lands a nomination at France's annual event in thirty years.

AceShowbiz - France's Cesar Awards has announced nominees who are up for competitions this year. Following the Wednesday, January 28 announcement by the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences, it is revealed that %cKristen Stewart% is up for Best Supporting Actress trophy following her appearance in Olivier Assayas-directed "Clouds of Sils Maria".

Stewart is the first American actress who lands a nomination at the awards show in thirty years. The last U.S. actress who nabbed a nomination is %cJulia Migenes% for the 1984 film "Carmen". %cAdrien Brody%, meanwhile, is the last American actor who received a nomination, and eventually won, Best Actor Trophy for his role as a Jewish pianist in 2002's WWII flick "The Pianist".

Another "Sils Maria" star, %cJuliette Binoche%, is vying for Best Actress gong. She is facing competitions from %cMarion Cotillard% ("Two Days, One Night") and %cCatherine Deneuve% ("Dans La Cour") as well as other actresses.

The biggest nominee at the awards event is "Saint Laurent". The Bertrand Bonello-directed drama about the famed designer, which stars %cGaspard Ulliel% and %cJeremie Renier% among others, is nominated in 10 categories including Best Film and Best Director. "Les Combattants", meanwhile, is trailing behind with nine nominations and Oscar-nominated "Timbuktu" with eight.

Winners at the Cesar Awards will be announced in a ceremony which is taking place on February 20 at Chatelet Theatre in Paris. %cSean Penn% will receive an honorary Cesar and there will be a tribute to director Alain Renais. Below are nominees in some important categories, while the full list of nominees is available here.

Best Film:

  • "Les Combattants" dir: Thomas Cailley
  • "Eastern Boys" dir: Robin Campillo
  • "La Famille Belier" dir: Eric Lartigau
  • "Saint Laurent" dir: Bertrand Bonello
  • "Hippocrate" dir: Thomas Lilti
  • "Clouds of Sils Maria" dir: Olivier Assayas
  • "Timbuktu" dir: Abderrahmane Sissako
Best Director:
  • Celine Sciamma, "Bande De Filles" ("Girlhood")
  • Thomas Cailley, "Les Combattants"
  • Robin Campillo, "Eastern Boys"
  • Thomas Lilti, "Hippocrate"
  • Bertrand Bonello, "Saint Laurent"
  • Olivier Assayas, "Clouds of Sils Maria"
  • Abderrahmane Sissako, "Timbuktu"
Best Actress:
  • %cJuliette Binoche%, "Clouds of Sils Maria"
  • Catherine Deneuve, "Dans La Cour"
  • %cMarion Cotillard%, "Deux Jours, Une Nuit"
  • Emilie Dequenne, "Pas Son Genre"
  • Adele Haenel, "Les Combattants"
  • Sandrine Kiberlain, "Elle L'Adore"
  • Karin Viard, "La Famille Belier"
Best Actor:
  • %cPierre Niney%, "Yves Saint Laurent"
  • Romain Duris, "Une Nouvelle Amie"
  • %cGaspard Ulliel%, "Saint Laurent"
  • Guillaume Canet, "La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur"
  • Niels Arestrup, "Diplomatie"
  • Francois Damiens, "La Famille Belier"
  • %cVincent Lacoste%, "Hippocrate"
Best Supporting Actress: Best Supporting Actor: Best Foreign Film:

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