In the run-up to the Oscars, French silent hit movie "The Artist" stands to shine at home, when France holds its 37th annual Cesars film award ceremony on Friday night.
It's been a fruitful year for French cinema artistically and commercially, with black-and-white flick "The Artist" a winner at the Golden Globes, the British BAFTAS and the Spanish Goyas.
It has been nominated for a whopping 10 Oscars at the Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday.
Before film lead Jean Dujardin heads to Hollywood to compete for what would be the first best actor Oscar won by a Frenchman, the international breakout star is expected to win best actor at the Cesars.
Dujardin, who won critical acclaim for his role as the struggling silent-era movie star in "The Artist," is up against six French stars, including Philippe Torreton, a 1997 Cesar winner.
Torreton lost 27 kilos (59 pounds) to potray a wrongly-imprisoned man in "Guilty", a 2011 film adaptation of the Outreaux child paedophilia case that rocked France in the 2000s.
French actress Berenice Bejo has been nominated for a best actress Cesar for her role in "The Artist," two days before competing for a best supporting actress Oscar in Hollywood.
Overall seven French films and as many actors, actresses and directors stand to win awards at the Cesar awards show.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on French TV station Canal+ starting at 9 pm (20h00 gmt) on Friday.
Source: AFP Global Edition