Jodie Foster will preside over the Cesar Awards in France
It was announced on Monday that Oscar winner Jodie Foster will preside over the 36th annual Cesar Awards ceremony on February 25, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Cesar Awards are considered to be France's version of the Oscars, according to the industry paper, and Foster is the foreigner to preside over the ceremony in 18 years.
Foster was partially raised in France and is very fluent in French. She has also had many roles in French cinema including "The Blood of Others" in 1984 and 2004's "A Very Long Engagement." The actress will already be in country because she is tacking her new acting role in Roman Polanski's "God of Carnage."
In September, Foster came to the defense of Mel Gibson, who costars with her in the upcoming film "The Beaver," which Foster also directed. Gibson faced a controversy amid his custody battle with his ex-girlfriend and the surfacing of tapes said to contain a racist, sexist and explicit rant by him against her.
"Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and 'The Beaver' is one of his most powerful and moving performances," Foster told MORE magazine in an interview published in its October 2010 issue. "But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment."
"The Beaver", which tells of a guy who walks around with a puppet of a beaver on his hand and treats it like a living creature, is set to be released in limited theaters on March 23 and expand on April 8.