January 14, 2008 / 5:41 AM / 11 years ago

"Butterfly" soars at French film awards

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is not only the toast of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which awarded the drama two Golden Globes on Sunday.

The picture also picked up a pair of trophies on Sunday at the Lumiere Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes: French film of the year, and best actor for Mathieu Amalric.

Schnabel’s dramatic adaptation of paralyzed Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival. It won Globes for foreign film and director.

French actress Marion Cotillard was also honored on both sides of the Atlantic, winning a Lumiere and a Globe for her lead role as Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose.”

Paris’ foreign press, who vote for the Lumieres, named Abdellatif Kechiche best director for “The Secret of the Grain.” The ceremony took place at Paris’ Hotel de Ville.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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