French black and white film “The Artist” has picked up six Cesar awards, including best film and best actress.
The success at France’s version of the Academy Awards, further raises hopes that the silent film will do well at this weekend’s Oscars.
“This is a film that started out at the very bottom, it’s a film nobody wanted to make. And now we are right at the top. It’s a beautiful story,” said director Michel Hazanavicius.
A misty-eyed flashback to late 1920s Hollywood, “The Artist” has proved to be an international hit.
Before the Cesars, it had already netted seven British Bafta awards and a Golden Globe.
Meanwhile, the best actor Cesar went to Omar Sy for his role in the film “Untouchables.”
The comedy drew a staggering 19 million people into French cinemas.
Sy plays a loveable delinquent from the deprived Paris suburbs, who ends up becoming a live in carer for a quadraplegic aristocrat.
The film plays on deep-rooted racial and class barriers.
The Cesar for best foreign film went to the highly acclaimed Iranian family drama “A Separation.”
All eyes will now be on Sunday’s Oscars, with hopes high of further French success. “The Artist” is nominated for ten Academy Awards.