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César Awards 2023: Full List of Winners is Here

The 2023 César Awards were presented Friday. The 48th edition of the award show took place on February 24, 2023, at the Olympia in Paris. The awards are held every year to honor the best French films.

This year, the César Awards were hosted by actors Emmanuelle Devos, Léa Drucker, Eye Haïdara, Leïla Bekhti, Jérôme Commandeur, Ahmed Sylla, Jamel Debbouze, Alex Lutz and Raphaël Personnaz. Continue reading further to know the names of the celebs who walked back home with a trophy in one hand.

Which movie won the award for best picture at the César Awards 2023?

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2023 César Award for best film went to Dominik Moll’s brooding procedural thriller The Night of the 12th. Not only this, but the movie also won in other categories like best director, best male newcomer, best supporting actor, best adapted screenplay, and best sound.

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, the film The Night of the 12th which opened at Cannes in the Premieres section revolves around two cops trying to solve the gruesome murder of a young woman.

The movie The Night Of The 12th stars Bastien Bouillon, Bouli Lanners, Anouk Grinberg,  Théo Cholbi, Johann Dionnet, Thibault Evrard, Julien Frison, Paul Jeanson, Mouna Soualem and Pauline Serieys.

Caroline Benjo, who produced The Night of the 12th with Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal, gave a searing speech denouncing the violence against women. He said, “When Dominic and Gilles came to us to make this film it was obvious that we (needed to address this issue) and that the perspective of men on this matter was crucial, and that filmmakers had to tell this story.”

Benjo went on to say, “A few days ago, Dominic cited the philosopher Geneviève Fraisse during an interview saying (…) that #MeToo has liberated the voices, and now what’s needed is to liberate the listening.”

Who were the other notable winners of the night?

This year, Louis Garrel’s comedy The Innocent, led the list of nominees with a total of 11 nods. The film bagged the award for best original screenplay for the director and co-writers Tanguy Viel and Naïla Guiguet. In addition to this, Tár star Noemie Merlant secured the César Award for best supporting actress.

Paris Memories star Virginie Efira won the award for best actress, meanwhile, Benoit Magimel nabbed the trophy for best actor for his brilliant performance in the movie Pacifiction.

Forever Young actress Nadia Tereszkiewicz took home the César Award for best female newcomer. On the other hand, Bastien Bouillon who starred in the film The Night of the 12th walked away with the best male newcomer award.

Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s film The Beasts picked up the award for best foreign film, meanwhile, Amélie Bonnin won the César Award for best short for film Partir Un Jour. Elisabeth Subrin’s Maria Schneider, 1983 secured the award for best short documentary.

Urška Djukić and Emilie Pigeard’s La Vie Sexuelle De Mamie bagged the award for best animated short. American director David Fincher was also honored at the 2023 César Awards.

Individuals indicated for sexual violence cannot attend France’s César Awards

Yeah, you read that right. Not long ago, the French César Academy, the French equivalent to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted to not allow anyone who has been indicted or sentenced for acts of sexual or sexist violence to attend this year’s event, however, they can still be nominated and win a César.

The move saw the light of day after Forever Young actor Sofiane Bennacer made the initial César shortlist in the best newcomer category. Later on, he was dropped from the list after it was revealed he had been indicted on multiple charges of rape and violence.

Then, the organization stated, “By respect for victims (even alleged ones in the case of an indictment or a non-definitive sentence) it has been decided to not highlight people who are either indicted or sentenced for acts of violence, notably sexual or sexist violence.”

Here’s the complete list of César Award winners

Best Film
Forever Young, dir. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi producers: Alexandra Henochsberg, Patrick Sobelman
Rise, dir. Cédric Klapisch producer: Bruno Levy
The Innocent, dir. Louis Garrel producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
The Night of the 12th, dir. Dominik Moll producers: Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal (WINNER)
Pacification, dir Albert Serra, producer: Pierre Olivier Bardet

Best Director
Cédric Klapisch for Rise
Louis Garrel for The Innocent
Cédric Jimenz for November
Dominik Moll for The Night of the 12th (WINNER)
Albert Serra for Pacification

Best Actress
Fanny Ardant for The Young Lovers
Juliette Binoche for Between Two Worlds
Laure Calamy for Full Time
Virginie Efira for Paris Memories (WINNER)
Adèle Exarchopoulos for Zero Fucks Given

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin for November
Louis Garrel for The Innocent
Vincent Macaigne for Diary of a Fleeting Affair
Benoît Magimel for Pacification (WINNER)
Denis Ménochet for Peter von Kant

Best Supporting Actress
Judith Chemla for The Sixth Child
Anaïs Demoustier for November
Anouk Grinberg for The Innocent
Lyna Khoudri for November
Noémie Merland for The Innocent (WINNER)

Best Supporting Actor
François Civil for Rise
Bouli Lanners for The Night of the 12th (WINNER)
Micha Lescot for Forever Young
Pio Marmaï for Rise
Roschdy Zem for The Innocent

Best Female Newcomer
Marion Barbeau for Rise
Guslagie Malanda for Saint Omer
Rebecca Marder for A Radiant Girl
Nadia Tereszkiewicz for Forever Young (WINNER)
Mallory Wanecque for The Worst Ones

Best Male Newcomer
Bastien Bouillon for The Night of the 12th (WINNER)

Stefan Crepon for Peter von Kant
Dimitri Doré for Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer
Paul Kircher for Winter Boy
Aliocha Reinert for Softie

Best Original Screenplay
Éric Grave for Full Time
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Noémie Lvovsky, Agnès de Sacy for Forever Young
Cédric Klapisch, Santiago Amigorena for Rise
Louis Garrel, Tanguy Viel, Naïla Guiguet for The Innocent (WINNER)
Alice Diop, Amrita David, Marie Ndiaye for Saint Omer

Best Adapted Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius for Final Cut
Thierry de Perett, Jeanne Aptekman for Undercover
Gilles Marchand, Dominik Moll for The Night of the 12th (WINNER)

Best Foreign Film
The Beasts, dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen (WINNER)

Close, dir. Lukas Dhont
The Cairo Conspiracy, dir. Tarik Saleh
EO, dir. Jerzy Skolimowski
Triangle of Sadness, dir. Ruben Östlund

Best Animated Film
Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibberitia, dirs. Jean-Christophe Roger, Julien Chheng producers: Damien Brunner, Didier Brunner
My Sunny Maad, dir. Michaela Pavlatova (WINNER)
Little Nicolas — Happy As Can Be, dir. Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre producer: Aton Soumache

Best Documentary
Rookies, dirs. Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai
producers: Stéphanie Schorter, Thierry Demaizière, Alban Teurlai, Romain Icard
The Super 8 Years, dirs. Annie Ernaux, David Ernaux-Briot producers: David Thion, Philippe Martin
Heart of Oak, dirs. Laurent Charbonnier, Michel Seydoux producers: Barthélémy Fougea, Michel Seydoux
Jane by Charlotte, dir. Charlotte Gainsbourg producers: Mathieu Ageron, Maxime Delauney, Athieu Ageron, Maxime Delauney, Romain Rousseau, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Returning to Reims [Fragments], dir. Jean-Gabriel Périot producer: Marie-Ange Luciani (WINNER)

Best First Film

Bruno Reidal, Confessions of a Murderer, dir. Vincent Le Port, producers: Thierry Lounas, Roy Arida, Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun
Falcon Lake, dir. Charlotte le Bon producers: David Gauquié, Julien Deris, Jean-Luc Ormieres, Jalil Lespert
The Worst Ones, dir. Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret producers: Marine Alaric, Frédéric Jouve
Saint Omer, dir. Alice Diop, producers: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral (WINNER)
The Sixth Child, dir. Léopold Legrand producers: Frédéic Brillion, Gilles Legrand

Best Score
Irène Drésel for Full Time (WINNER)

Alexandre Desplat for Final Cut
Grégoire Hetzel for The Innocent
Olivier Marguerit for The Night of the 12th
Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson for Pacification
Anton Sanko for The Passengers of the Night

Best Sound
Cyril Moisson, Nicolas Moreau, Cyril Holtz for Rise
Laurent Benaïm, Alexis Meynet, Olivier Guillaume for The Innocent
Cédric Delouche, Alexis Place, Gwennolé Le Borgne, Marc Doisne for November
François Maurel, Olivier Mortier, Luc Thomas for The Night of the 12th (WINNER)
Jordi Ribas, Benjamin Laurent, Brunno Tarrière for Pacification

Best Cinematography
Julien Poupard for Forever Young
Alexis Kavyrchine for Rise
Patrick Ghiringhelli for The Night of the 12th
Artur Tort for Pacification (WINNER)
Claire Mathon for Saint Omer

Best Editing
Mathilde van de Moortel for Full Time
Anne-Sophie Bion for Rise
Pierre Deschamps for The Innocent
Laure Gardette for November
Laurent Rouan for The Night of the 12th

Best Costumes
Caroline de Vivaise for Forever Young
Pierre-Jean Larroque for Couleurs de L’incendie
Emmanuelle Youchnovski for Waiting for Bojangles
Corrine Bruand for The Innocent
Praxedes de Vilallonga for Pacification
Gigi Lepage for Simone: Woman of the Century (WINNER)

Best Set Design
Emmanuelle Duplay for Forever Young
Sebastian Birchler for Couleurs de L’incendie
Michel Barthélémy for The Night of the 12th
Sebastian Vogler for Pacification
Christian Marti for Simone: Woman of the Century (WINNER)

Best Visual Effects
Guillaume Marien for The Five Devils
Sébastien Rame for Smoking Causes Coughing
Tousser Laurens Ehrmann for Notre-Dame on Fire (WINNER)
Mikaël Tanguy for November
Marco Del Bianco for Pacification

We send big congrats to all the winners of the 2023 César Awards. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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