The film "Amour" by the Austrian Michael Haneke was the big winner at the French Academy of Film Arts and Science's 38th Cesar Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and Best Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant).

The film, honored with the Palme d'Or at the last Cannes Film Festival, will compete Sunday in the Hollywood Oscars in five categories with an uncontrived story about sickness, aging and decline in the life of an elderly couple.

Haneke's film - shot entirely in France - will attempt to equal the success of the silent film "The Artist" by Michel Hazanavicius, which last year made history by taking five Oscars including the prize for Best Picture, a category never before won by a movie not filmed in English. EFE