Vive la France! Now here's a major coup for Canada!
Xavier Dolan's Mommy
just scored the prize for Best Foreign Film at the César Awards, which are France's equivalent of the Oscars. This win comes after Dolan's fourth nomination in the category and Canada's biggest win in France since 2003's The Barbarian Invasions
took top honours of Best Film, Director (Denys Arcand), and Screenplay. Mommy
trumped some strong competition at the awards: last year's Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave
, Cannes winner Winter Sleep
, and hot Oscar contenders Boyhood
, The Grand Budapest Hotel
, and Two Days, One Night
. Dolan wasn't on hand to collect the prize, but he kept his speech short and sweet:
Other notable winners include Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria
(the first American actress nominated in 30 years at the French honours), and Oscar nominee Timbuktu
, which was the big winner of the night earned Best Film for the French/Mauritanian co-pro.