France's entry for the 2012 Academy Awards will be the recently-released film "La Guerre est Declarée" (Declaration of War).

"/> France's entry for the 2012 Academy Awards will be the recently-released film "La Guerre est Declarée" (Declaration of War).

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France’s Oscar pick: ‘Declaration of War’

France's entry for the 2012 Academy Awards will be the recently-released film "La Guerre est Declarée" (Declaration of War).

France's Oscar pick: 'Declaration of War'

The entry was chosen by the French film institute Centre national de la cinématographie (CNC) and will be entered in the best foreign language film category.

The film will be one of around 30 films put forward by different countries that will then be whittled down to a shortlist of six.

The film was released in France on August 31st to good reviews and has already been seen by 400,000 people.

It tells the story of a couple who discover their son is seriously ill. It has already won a series of prizes in France, including best film at the festival of Angoulême.

The film is based on the true story of the film’s director, Valerie Donzelli, and her former partner Jérémie Elkaïm, both of whom star in the film. 

“It’s only in France that we could make a film like this,” she told radio station Europe 1 on Friday. “It’s a small film with a tiny budget but we got the help of subsidies.”

The 2011 winner in the best foreign language film category was Danish film “In a Better World.” The last time France won was with Indochine starring Catherine Deneuve in 1992.

The 84th Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 26th.

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French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86

Prolific French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars during a career spanning more than half a century, has died aged 86, his spokesman said Saturday.

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86
In this file photo taken on October 23, 2004, French music composer Michel Legrand leads the Camerata de Bourgogne Orchestra, in Auxerre. Photo: MARTIN BUREAU / AFP
Legrand first won an Academy Award in 1969 for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the film “The Thomas Crown Affair”. He followed that with Oscars for his music for “Summer of '42” in 1972 and for “Yentl” in 1984. 
 
He was also won five Grammys.
 
Legrand, who had been scheduled to stage concerts in Paris in April, died during the night, his spokesman told AFP.
 
He first began working as an accompanist and arranger in the 1960s. During his long career, he worked with Miles Davies, Ray Charles, Orson Welles, Jean Cocteau, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.
 
Legrand was also known for his scores for French New Wave director Jacques Demy for the films “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (“The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”) in 1964 and “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” (“The Young Ladies of Rochefort”) in 1967, both of which received Academy Award nominations.