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César Award for Most Promising Actress

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Awarded for
Best Female Newcomer

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First awarded


Category of
César Award

Currently held by
Oulaya Amamra for Divines (2017)

Presented by
Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma

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Winners & Nominees
Oulaya AmamraDivines, Oulaya Amamra, Winner, Paula BeerFrantz, Paula Beer, Nominee, Noémie MerlantHeaven Will Wait, Noémie Merlant, Nominee, Lily-Rose DeppThe Dancer, Lily-Rose Depp, Nominee, RaphSlack Bay, Raph, Nominee, Zita HanrotFatima, Zita Hanrot, Winner, Lou Roy-LecollinetMy Golden Days, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Nominee, Camille CottinConnasse - Princesse Des Coeurs, Camille Cottin, Nominee, Sara GiraudeauLes Bêtises, Sara Giraudeau, Nominee, Diane RouxelStanding Tall, Diane Rouxel, Nominee, Louane EmeraLa Famille Bélier, Louane Emera, Winner, Lou de LaageBreathe, Lou de Laage, Nominee, Karidja TouréGirlhood, Karidja Touré, Nominee, Ariane LabedFidelio: Alice's Journey, Ariane Labed, Nominee, Josephine JapyBreathe, Josephine Japy, Nominee, Adèle ExarchopoulosBlue Is the Warmest Colour, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Winner, Lou de LaageJappeloup, Lou de Laage, Nominee, Golshifteh FarahaniThe Patience Stone, Golshifteh Farahani, Nominee, Pauline EtienneThe Nun, Pauline Etienne, Nominee, Marine VacthYoung & Beautiful, Marine Vacth, Nominee, IziaMauvaise fille, Izia, Winner, Julia FaureCamille Rewinds, Julia Faure, Nominee, Lola DewaereBig is Beautiful, Lola Dewaere, Nominee, Alice de LencquesaingIn a Rush, Alice de Lencquesaing, Nominee, India HairCamille Rewinds, India Hair, Nominee

The César Award for Most Promising Actress (French: César du meilleur espoir féminin) is one of the César Awards, presented annually by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma 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 Académie, within a group of 16 actresses previously shortlisted by the Révélations Committee.


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

Winners and nominees

Following the AATC's practice, the films below are listed by year of ceremony, which corresponds to the year following the film's year of release. For example, the César 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 César 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 Académie, without regard to their branch, are eligible to vote on both rounds. But in order to "facilitate" the nomination vote, the Révélations Committee of the Académie, consisting of casting directors, establishes and proposes a list of a maximum of 16 actresses. However, this list is non-binding and Académie 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.


Each year, the Academy's Governing Board and the Révélations Committee (made up of casting directors working in French film productions) propose a list of a maximum of 16 young actresses ("Révélations des César") 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 "Révélations" 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 "Révélations", is also later screened at select cinemas in France.

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


César Award for Most Promising Actress Wikipedia