Many thought the César Awards, which took place Friday evening, couldn’t get much wilder than last year’s Roman Polanski protests. Yet, here we are again.
The 46th annual edition of France’s biggest film awards was hosted by French comedian Fary, who joked that those present were the only ones in the industry left who hadn’t been Me-Too’d. The prize for Best Film went to the black comedy Adieu les cons (“Bye Bye Morons”).
But one of the stranger moments was when French actress Corinne Masiero, who was presenting the award for best costumes, arrived onstage in a donkey costume covered in blood, removed it to reveal a Carrie-esque red dress, and then stripped completely naked. On her chest and stomach were written the words, “No culture, no future,” and on her back, “Give us back art, Jean,” a reference to French prime minister Jean Castex. The protest was intended to draw attention to the need for federal aid to the arts and entertainment industries. Watch the full video here.