French drama "Amour" received a huge pre-Oscars boost on Friday after sweeping the board at the Cesar Awards in Paris, France, taking home five of the night's major prizes.
The film centers on an octogenarian couple who find their love put to the ultimate test when one of them suffers a stroke and the other must assume the role of the caretaker
"Amour" picked up the coveted Best Picture prize, beating "Camille Rewinds," "Rust and Bone," "Holy Motors," "The First Name," "In the House" and "Farewell, My Queen."
Michael Haneke was named Best Director, while Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant were named Best Actress and Best Actor. The film also picked up the Best Original Screenplay honor.
Valerie Benguigui won Best Supporting Actress and Guillaume de Tonquedec won Best Supporting Actor for "What's In A Name."
"Rust and Bone," starring Marion Cotillard, won awards for Best Adapted Screenplay (Jacques Audiard/Thomas Bidegain), Newcomer (Male) for Matthias Schoenaerts, Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Editing (Juliette Welfling).
"Argo," directed by and starring Ben Affleck, was named Best Foreign Film. The film is a favorite for the Best Picture award at Sunday's Oscars. "Amour" is also up for the same award.