As widely predicted, Abdellatif Kechiche's La Graine Et Le Mulet had a healthy showing at Friday's Cesar Awards taking the Best Picture and Best Director trophies. The film also scored a best newcomer award for actress Hafsia Herzi.

Oscar nominee Marion Cotillard was honored with the Best Actress prize for La Vie En Rose while Mathieu Amalric took the Best Actor award for his role in Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell And The Butterfly.

On the foreign film side, last year's Oscar winner The Lives Of Others took home the best foreign film prize.