Quebec-based movie director and cinema darling Xavier Dolan lost to Hollywood star Ben Affleck at the 38th Cesar Award ceremony in Paris last night.

Dolan's film, Laurence Anyways, was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category but Affleck took the title with his critically acclaimed film Argo.

This was the third time Dolan has had his work nominated for a Cesar Award.

Austria's celebrated film, Amour, directed by Michael Haneke, took five trophies, including Best Film, Best Actress and Best Actor.

Amour  is up against Quebec filmmaker Kim Nguyen's Rebelle/War Witch  for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars on Sunday.

Here is a list of the night's winners:

Best Film Amour

Best Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant (Amour)

Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)

Best Director Michael Haneke (Amour)

Best Short Film Le cri du homard, from Nicolas Guiot

Best Costumes Christian Gasc (Les adieux à la reine)

Best Editing Juliette Wa (De rouille et d'os)

Best Decors Les adieux à la reine

Best Documentary Feature Les Invisibles, from Sébastien Lifshitz

Best Supporting Actress  Valérie Benguigui for Le prénom

Best Original Screenplay Michael Haneke (Amour)

Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat (De Rouille et d'os)

Best Foreign Film Argo, by Ben Affleck

Best Sound Antoine Deflandre, Germain Boulay et Eric Tisserand (Cloclo)

Best Cinematography Romain Winding (Les Adieux à la reine)

Best Promising Actor Matthias Schoenaerts (De Rouille et d'os)

Best Adaptation Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (De rouille et d'os)

Best Supporting Actor Guillaume de Tonquedec (Le prénom)

Best Animation Film Ernest et Célestine from Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier

Best First Film Louise Wimmer, for Cyril Mennegun

Best Promising Actress Izia Higelin (Mauvaise fille)