Despite taking the awards for best film and director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie failed to dominate Saturday's French Cesar awards as expected, winning in four categories out of its 13 nominations.

While Amelie's star, Audrey Tautou, has been widely recognised as a talent to watch and was generally considered the favourite for the best actress award (along with The Piano Teacher star, Isabelle Huppert), the prize went to Emanuelle Devos for her work in Jacques Audiard's Read My Lips (Sur Mes Levres)

Best Actor award went to Michel Bouquet for How I Killed My Father (Comment J'ai Tue Mon Pere), while best foreign film was awarded to David Lynch's Mulholland Drive.

Honorary Cesars were presented to actor Jeremy Irons, director Claude Rich and actress Anouk Aimee.

Cesar awards in full

Best film
Amelie - Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Best director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Amelie

Best actor
Michel Bouquet - How I Killed My Father

Best actress
Emmanuel Devos - Read My Lips

Best supporting actor
Andre Dussollier - The Officers's Ward

Best supporting actress
Annie Girardot - The Piano Teacher

Best male newcomer
Robinson Stevenin - Mauvais Genres

Best female newcomer
Rachida Brakni - Chaos

Best foreign film
Mulholland Drive - David Lynch

Best screenplay (original or adapted)
Read My Lips - Jacques Audiard / Tonino Benacquista

Best first work of fiction
No Man's Land - Danis Tanovic

Best short film
Au Premier Dimanche D'aout - Florence Miailhe

Best music
Amelie - Yann Tiersen

Best cinematography
The Officers's Ward - Tetsuo Nagata

Best design
Amelie - Aline Bonetto

Best sound
Read My Lips - Cyril Holtz / Pascal Villard

Best Editing
Le Peuple Migrateur - Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Best costume
Brotherhood Of The Wolf - Dominique Borg