Foster, who starts filming God of Carnage for Roman Polanski in Paris at the beginning of next month, will officiate over the 36th Annual César Awards. Foster will be performing the same kind of role Kristin Scott-Thomas did at Cannes last year, presiding over the ceremony. Foster is the first foreign president of the French Oscars since Marcello Mastroianni in 1993. French TV host Antoine De Caunes will reprise his role as actual awards host, says the French Academy. The Césars, which will be held at the Châtelet Theatre, take place on February 25. Nominations will be announced on January 21. Foster is no stranger to French cinema: she starred in Eric Le Hung’s 1977 film Moi, Fleur Bleue, Claude Chabrol’s The Blood of Others in 1984 and in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement in 2004. She also speaks French fluently, having attended a French school in Los Angeles.

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