French thriller 'De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete' ('The Beat That My Heart Skipped') has won eight awards at France's leading movie awards, the Césars.

The dark drama, directed by Jacques Audiard, is about a man who dreams of escaping the real-estate business to become a concert pianist.

'De Battre...' has already won Best Film at France's Lumiere Awards and the European Film Festival in Seville, as well as Best Non-English-Language Film at the British Academy Film Awards.

The César for Best Actor went to Michel Bouquet, for his role as late president Francois Mitterrand in 'Le Promeneur du Champs de Mars' ('The Stroller in the Champs de Mars'), while Best Actress was awarded to Natalie Baye in 'Le Petit Lieutenant' ('The Little Lieutenant').

The Best Foreign Film award went to Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning 'Million Dollar Baby'.

British actor Hugh Grant won an honorary César for his work in films such as 'Love, Actually', 'Four Weddings and A Funeral' and 'About A Boy'.