In a night where Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables” took home the award for Best Film, the 45th César Awards were overshadowed by the controversial result in the Best Director category, where Roman Polanski picked up the prize for “J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy).”

The awards had already come under great scrutiny when nominations were announced with Polanski’s film leading the tally, as well as the resignation of the entire board of directors due to a lack of diversity and transparency surrounding the awards. Polanski has been a fugitive from the U.S. since pleading guilty in 1978 to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, never serving his sentence. None of the team that worked on “An Officer and a Spy” appeared at the ceremony, including Polanski and Best Actor nominee Jean Dujardin (a previous Academy Award winner for “The Artist”).

Footage has emerged of actress Adèle Haenel walking out of the ceremony after the shocking Polanski win including the tweet below from CANAL+. The result is seen as an incredible step backward for an industry that’s been tackling all forms of sexual assault and abuse in recent times.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Roschdy Zem picked up the Best Actor prize for “Oh Mercy!” while Anaïs Demoustier beat “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” stars Haenel and Noémie Merlant to win the Best Actress prize.

In the Best Foreign Film category, “Parasite” continued its global awards dominance, winning out over fellow Oscar Best Picture nominees “Joker” and “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” among others to pick up yet another prize.

Despite winning Best Film, “Les Misérables” lost the Original Screenplay award to Nicolas Bedos’ “La Bella Époque,” however it did pick up prizes for Best Editing, Promising Actor and the Audience Award. It’s no surprise that it took home the night’s major prize, considering it was the French submission at this year’s Academy Awards.

Below is a full list of winners from the ceremony, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:

Best Picture
“Les Misérables”

Best Director
Roman Polanski , “An Officer and a Spy”

Best Actor
Roschdy Zem , “Oh Mercy!”

Best Actress
Anaïs Demoustier , “Alice and the Mayor”

Best Supporting Actor
Swann Arlaud , “By the Grace of God”

Best Supporting Actress
Fanny Ardant , “La Bella Époque”

Most Promising Actor
Alexis Manenti , “Les Misérables”

Most Promising Actress
Lyna Khoudri , “Papicha”

Best Original Screenplay
“La Bella Époque”

Best Adaptation
“An Officer and a Spy”

Best First Feature Film

Best Cinematography
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Best Editing
“Les Misérables”

Best Sound
“The Wolf’s Call”

Best Original Music
“I Lost My Body”

Best Costume Design
“An Officer and a Spy”

Best Production Design
“La Bella Époque”

Best Documentary Film

Best Animated Feature Film
“I Lost My Body”

Best Animated Short Film
“La Nuit des sacs Plastiques”

Best Short Film
“Pile Poil”

Best Foreign Film

Audience Award
“Les Misérables”

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