ⓘ César Award for Most Promising Actress


ⓘ Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress

The Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress is one of the Cesar Awards, presented annually by the Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema to recognize the outstanding breakthrough performance of a young actress who has worked within the French film industry during the year preceding the ceremony. Nominees and winner are selected via a run-off voting by all the members of the Academie, within a group of 16 actresses previously shortlisted by the Revelations Committee.

In English, the award is variously referred to as "Breakthrough performance, actress" or "Newcomer, female".


1. Winners and nominees

Following the AATCs practice, the films below are listed by year of ceremony, which corresponds to the year following the films year of release. For example, the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress of 2010 was awarded on 27 February 2010 for a performance in a film released between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009.

As with the other Cesar awards, actresses are selected via a two-round vote: first round to choose the nominees, second round to designate the winner. All the members of the Academie, without regard to their branch, are eligible to vote on both rounds. But in order to "facilitate" the nomination vote, the Revelations Committee of the Academie, consisting of casting directors, establishes and proposes a list of a maximum of 16 actresses. However, this list is non-binding and Academie members are free to vote for an actress who has not been shortlisted. Initially set to four, the number of nominees was expanded to five in 1990.

Winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees.


2. Revelations

Each year, the Academys Governing Board and the Revelations Committee made up of casting directors working in French film productions propose a list of a maximum of 16 young actresses "Revelations des Cesar" to facilitate the voting for the "Most Promising Actress" award. Since 2007, all young actresses who have worked on French feature-length films or primarily French-language productions are eligible for the list. However, beginning from 2013, an actress cannot qualify for the list more than twice. The "Revelations" are also featured in a short film directed by an artist appointed by the Academy yearly. The short film, unveiled at a gala dinner which is organised in honour of the "Revelations", is also later screened at select cinemas in France.

Nominees of the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress are highlighted in boldface.