Florian Zeller Honored at the Oscars

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The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, April 25 in Los Angeles, crowned the film “Nomadland” by Chloe Zhao as the Best Picture. But it also honored several French film figures.

Nominated six times, Florian Zeller won for best adaptation. The author of the play “Le Père”, which became the film “The Father”, won an Oscar for his first film. At the end of the evening, Anthony Hopkins, who plays the father in his film, received the award for Best Actor. “The Father” has been in theaters in the United States since late February.

The French producer Alice Doyard won in the documentary category, short format, for “Colette”, directed by the American Anthony Giacchino. It follows a nonagenarian former Resistance fighter who goes, for the first time, to the site of the former Nordhausen concentration camp in Germany, to honor the memory of her brother, who died there.

Another Frenchman distinguished himself in a technical category. Nicolas Becker is part of the ensemble rewarded for the sound of the film “Sound of Metal” which evokes the story of a rock drummer who loses his hearing.

The ceremony was held this year at Union Station, hosting the stars in the running, many of whom walked a red carpet for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

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