If you ever doubted the influence of French cinema on Hollywood, look at the list of winners from Friday night's Cesars. You'll see trophies for La Vie en Rose, Persepolis, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- all of which are up for Oscars on Sunday. And the best foreign-language film was The Lives of Others, which won the Oscar last year.

The biggest winner at the 33rd annual Cesars (France's Academy Awards equivalent) was La Vie en Rose, which took five awards: best actress (Marion Cotillard), cinematography, sound, art design, and costume design. It didn't win best picture, though; that went to The Secret of the Grain (pictured), which also won for its director (Abdellatif Kechiche), screenplay, and best female newcomer (Hafsia Herzi).

Grain is a drama about an old shipyard worker who dreams of opening his own restaurant. Pathé has worldwide distribution rights, and the big Cesar wins almost assure a U.S. release (if one wasn't being planned already).

Persepolis creators Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud won Cesars for their screenplay and for "best first film." Diving Bell took best actor (Mathieu Amalric) and editing. Oh, and in the category of best short film the winner was Le Mozart des pickpockets ... which is up for an Oscar this weekend, too. Vive la France!

The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of winners.
categories Awards, Cinematical