SCENES FROM 'CASUALTIES OF WAR' & 'CARLITO'S WAY' INCLUDED IN TRIBUTE
Sean Penn received a standing ovation tonight at the 40th César Awards ceremony in Paris, as Marion Cotillard presented the actor/director with an Honorary César. Prior to handing him the award, Cotillard delivered what a journalist at La Parisienne describes as "a long love letter to Sean Penn, 'a free man who rebels, who questions'." A rundown at Pure People says that Cotillard was brought to tears by the tribute. Speaking in English as he accepted the César, Penn said, "I've always had an affinity for French cinema, it maintains, in my opinion, all of these virtues and encourages the dreams of actors, actresses, and directors. A refuge when things got too cynical. (...) the French artists were able to wear the colors of cinema." According to other tweets from viewers watching the ceremony, there was some sort of montage included in the tribute that included some of Penn's scenes from Brian De Palma's Casualties Of War and Carlito's Way, among many others.