France’s equivalent of the Oscars, César Awards, have been mired in controversy after Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy received 12 nominations.
Several actresses walked out of the ceremony in Paris after Roman Polanski, who was convicted of the statutory rape of a 13 year old in 1977, won best director.
Polanski and members of his crew did not attend the event, with the director having said previously that he feared for his safety.
Actress Adèle Haenel, who has said she was sexually abused as a child by another director, was one of the women who walked out of the ceremony after Polanski’s win was announced.
She left the room saying “shame!”, and was followed by director Céline Sciamma.
An Officer and a Spy, or J’accuse in French, is about the Dreyfus affair in 19th Century France and won a total of three awards on Friday night.
The prize for best film was awarded to Les Misérables by director Ladj Ly.