Nominations and awards like it was raining. After the Palme d’Or won at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023; after four statuettes obtained at the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin in December 2023 – best film, best editing, best screenplay, best actress for Sandra Hüller –; after two Golden Globes won on January 8 in Hollywood – best screenplay and best foreign language film –; after a total of eighteen awards gleaned from the biggest festivals, here is Anatomie du Chute, the film by Justine Triet, propelled into the race for the Oscars. A surprise, an additional consecration and almost a revenge for its director.
The selection committee for the 96th ceremony to be held on March 10 in Los Angeles has indeed chosen to nominate Justine Triet’s fourth feature film five times, which will thus compete for the Oscars for best original screenplay (Justine Triet and Arthur Harari ), best direction, best actress (Sandra Hüller), best editing (Laurent Sénéchal).
Announced on Tuesday, January 23, these nominations confirm the enthusiasm that the film is causing, both among critics and the public. And this, in France where the film has attracted more than 1.3 million spectators to date and continues its career with more than 45,000 admissions last week thanks to the Télérama festival, as well as internationally ( around 1.6 million entries).
They also bring a snub to the National Center for Cinema and Animated Images (CNC) whose committee of professionals, to represent France at the Oscars in the “best foreign film” category, had preferred La Passion by four votes to three by Dodin Bouffant , by Tran Anh Hung, a culinary fiction of an outdated academicism which brings together Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel. The film is not included in the list of nominees.
This choice had raised many lively questions in the profession. Even suspicion. Had Justine Triet been dismissed for her speech delivered during the Palme d’Or award? Speech which, we remember, did not hesitate to sharply castigate the policy pursued by the government, on the cultural front but also on the social front as well as on pensions.
In the weeks that followed, the filmmaker, whose intervention divided opinion, explained herself extensively on radio and television sets, clarifying and qualifying her remarks made on stage at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The controversy had thus gradually calmed down. Before being completely swept away by the wave of awards which fell over the following eight months on her film, the run of which is not over. After the Oscars, will come the Césars, the announcement of the nominations of which is expected on Wednesday, the ceremony being scheduled for February 24.
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