César Nominations Include Five Animated Films

Imagine the Oscars.

Now, imagine the Oscars if they were presented in French and no one cared about them.

That’s the César Awards, which are presented annually by France’s Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

Last Friday, the organization announced the nominations for the 38th César Awards, which will be presented on February 22nd. They have an animation category that lumps features and shorts together, but in spite of this quirk, they managed to come up with five deserving nominees:

Edmond Was a Donkey directed by Franck Dion

Oh Willy… directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels

Ernest and Celestine directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier

Kirikou and the Men and Women directed by Michel Ocelot

Zarafa directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie


  • Inkan1969

    Exactly. When I read the description, I immediately thought, “Well, FRENCH people care about the Cesars, presumbably”. Maybe even people in former French colonies, in Western Africa and Haiti.

    • Polecat

      And here’s a third voice of disapprobation for Amid’s merciless dismissal of the Cesars. If they were so unimportant, why cover them on Cartoon Brew? Come on guys, the world doesn’t revolve around your own backyard.

  • http://twitter.com/_MonsieurU_ MonsieurU

    People in the french industry care about the Césars, trust me. Maybe not so the general public, but the pros do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jwgabaldon Justin Gabaldon

    I just got back from seeing Ernest & Celestine at its New York premiere. I loved it. The animation was fantastic (reminded me a little of My Neighbors the Yamadas) and it had some really funny moments. The only negative thing I’ll say is I thought the story moved a little slow, but I just took the extra time to drool over the drawings. During the Q&A afterwards, I was surprised to learn that it was animated entirely in flash. I guess I assumed it was animated on paper and scanned in. I must be getting old!