Silent film The Artist has won six awards including best picture, best actress and best director at France's answer to the Academy Awards.
Just two days before the Oscars, co-star Berenice Bejo and director Michel Hazanavicius took top honours at the Cesar awards.
Best actor honours went to Omar Sy, star of the blockbuster feel-good movie Intouchables (Untouchable).
He notably beat The Artist star Jean Dujardin who won the category at Cannes, the Golden Globes and the Baftas - and is among the best-actor nominees at the Oscars.
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