The 40th annual César Awards (i.e., the French Oscar equivalent) were bestowed in Paris Friday, with "Timbuktu" claiming top honors. The film, Oscar-nominated in the foreign category as Mauritania's first-ever submission, won seven awards overall and is seen as a potential spoiler at the Oscars on Sunday.

Also of note, Kristen Stewart, who had already become the first American actress to receive a César nomination in 30 years, went on to win the supporting actress prize for her performance in "Sils Maria." That makes her the first American actress to ever win a César (and the first American period since Adrien Brody in 2003). Perhaps that will set her up as someone to watch out for at the Oscars next year, but that might be tricky with an April US release.

Check out the full list of winners below, the nominees here and the rest of the season at The Circuit.

Best Film

Best Director
Abderrahmane Sissako, "Timbuktu"

Best Actor
Pierre Niney, "Yves Saint Laurent"

Best Actress
Adèle Haenel, "Les Combattants"

Best Supporting Actor
Reda Kateb, "Hippocrate"

Best Supporting Actress
Kristen Stewart, "Sils Maria"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Costumes
"Saint Laurent"

Best Editing

Best Score
Amine Bouhafa, "Timbuktu"

Best Sound

Best Foreign Film

Best Animated Film
"Minuscule: La Vallée Des Fourmis Perdues"

Best Documentary
"The Salt Of The Earth"

Best Debut Feature
"Les Combattants"

Best Newcomer (Male)
Kevin Azaïs, "Les Combattants"

Best Newcomer (Female)
Louane Emera, "La Famille Bélier"

Best Short Film
"La Femme De Rio"

Best Animated Short
"Les Petits Cailloux"

Honorary César Award
Sean Penn

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.