Oscar Nominations for French Films!

January 24, 2017 | By FRENCH CULTURE FILM LA

Oscar nominees for the 89th annual awards were announced on Tuesday morning during a live-streamed event filmed in six cities around the globe.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the first time, will air live on ABC on Feb. 26. French and French Language films represent seven categories, with nine total nominations!


Best Actress in a Leading Role
Isabelle Huppert in Elle

Best Foreign Language Film
The Salesman (Iran)

Best Animated Feature Film  
My Life as a Zucchini 
The Red Turtle

Best Documentary (Feature)
I Am Not Your Negro
Fire at Sea

Best Live Action Short
Ennemis Within

Best Costume Design
Madeline Fontaine for Jackie 

Best Achievment in Visual Effects
Stephane Ceretti for Doctor Strange

France has always been represented at the Oscars, and we have put together for you a (non-exhaustive) list of past winners:

Best Picture
The Artist (2011)
The film won 5 Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jean Dujardin) and Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius). It was the first French film to win Best Picture, and the first mainly silent film to win since 1927's Wings.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934)
Simone Signoret in Room at the Top (1959)
Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (2007)

Best Foreign Language Film
Mon Oncle, directed by Jacques Tati (1958)
A Man and a Woman, directed by Claude Lelouch (1966)
Indochine, directed by Régis Wargnier (1992)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Julliette Binoche in The English Patient (1996)
She is the First and only French actress to be nominated for both Leading (Chocolat, 2011) and Supporting categories.

Best Documentary (Feature)
March of the Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet (2005)
His new film, Antarctica: Ice and Sky, was just released on January 20.

Best Music (Original Score)
Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The French film composer has received 8 nominations.

It's interesting to mention that The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, directed by Jacques Demy (Best Foreign Language Film Nomination in 1965) was a major inspiration for the musical La La Land, all-time Oscar record with 14 nominations this year.