Honorary César

The César Award is France's national film award. Recipients are selected by the members of the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. The following are the recipients of the Honorary César award since 1976.

Honorary César
Presented byAcadémie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma
First awarded1976



Year Recipient Profession Nationality
1976   Ingrid Bergman Actress Sweden
  Diana Ross Actress and singer US
1977 Henri Langlois
Film archivist and co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française France
  Jacques Tati Actor, director and screenwriter France
Robert Dorfmann Film producer France
  René Goscinny
Writer, director, producer and editor France
1979 Marcel Carné Director and screenwriter France
Charles Vanel Actor, director and screenwriter France
  Walt Disney
Animator, director, screenwriter, actor and producer US


Year Recipient Profession Nationality
Pierre Braunberger Producer, director and screenwriter France
  Louis de Funès Actor, screenwriter and director France
  Kirk Douglas Actor, director and producer US
1981   Marcel Pagnol Director and screenwriter France
Alain Resnais Director, editor and screenwriter France
Georges Dancigers Film producer Russia / France
Alexandre Mnouchkine Film producer Russia / France
Jean Nény Sound engineer France
  Andrzej Wajda Director and screenwriter Poland
Raimu (posthumous) Actor France
1984   René Clément Director and screenwriter France
Georges de Beauregard Film producer France
  Edwige Feuillère Actress and screenwriter France
Christian-Jaque Director and screenwriter France
  Danielle Darrieux Actress France
Christine Gouze-Rénal Producer and actress France
Alain Poiré Producer and screenwriter France
Maurice Jarre Composer France
  Bette Davis Actress and producer US
  Jean Delannoy Director, screenwriter and producer France
  René Ferracci [fr]
Art director and poster designer France
  Claude Lanzmann Director of the documentary feature Shoah France
1987   Jean-Luc Godard Director, screenwriter and actor France / Switzerland
Serge Silberman Producer and screenwriter Russia / France
1989   Bernard Blier Actor France
  Paul Grimault Director, screenwriter and actor France


Year Recipient Profession Nationality
1990   Gérard Philipe
Actor France
1991   Jean-Pierre Aumont Actor and screenwriter France
  Sophia Loren Actress Italy
1992   Michèle Morgan Actress France
  Sylvester Stallone Actor, screenwriter, director and producer US
1993   Jean Marais Actor France
  Marcello Mastroianni Actor Italy
  Gérard Oury Actor, screenwriter and director France
1994   Jean Carmet Actor and screenwriter France
1995   Jeanne Moreau Actress, screenwriter and director France
  Gregory Peck Actor and producer US
  Steven Spielberg Director, producer and screenwriter US
1996   Lauren Bacall Actress US
Henri Verneuil Director, screenwriter, actor and producer France
1997   Charles Aznavour Actor, composer, singer and screenwriter France / Armenia
  Andie MacDowell Actress US
1998   Michael Douglas Actor and producer US
  Clint Eastwood Actor, director, producer and composer US
  Jean-Luc Godard
(for the second time)
Director, screenwriter and actor France / Switzerland
1999   Pedro Almodóvar Director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spain
  Johnny Depp Actor and producer US
  Jean Rochefort Actor France


Year Recipient Profession Nationality
2000   Josiane Balasko Actress, screenwriter, director and producer France
Georges Cravenne Journalist, film producer and founder of the César Awards France
  Jean-Pierre Léaud Actor France
  Martin Scorsese Director, producer, screenwriter and actor US
2001   Darry Cowl Actor, composer, screenwriter and director France
  Charlotte Rampling Actress UK
  Agnès Varda Director and screenwriter France
2002   Anouk Aimée Actress France
  Jeremy Irons Actor UK
  Claude Rich Actor and screenwriter France
2003   Bernadette Lafont Actress and director France
  Spike Lee Director, producer, screenwriter and actor US
  Meryl Streep Actress US
2004   Micheline Presle Actress France
2005   Jacques Dutronc Actor, singer and composer France
  Will Smith Actor, producer, singer and composer US
2006   Hugh Grant Actor UK
  Pierre Richard Actor France
2007   Marlène Jobert Actress France
  Jude Law Actor, producer and director UK
2008   Jeanne Moreau
(for the second time)
Actress France
  Roberto Benigni Actor and director Italy
  Romy Schneider
2009   Dustin Hoffman Actor US


Year Recipient Profession Nationality
2010   Harrison Ford Actor US
2011   Quentin Tarantino Director, screenwriter, executive producer and actor US
2012   Kate Winslet Actress UK
2013   Kevin Costner Actor, director and producer US
2014   Scarlett Johansson Actress US
2015   Sean Penn Actor, director, screenwriter and producer US
2016   Michael Douglas
(for the second time)
Actor and producer US
2017   George Clooney
Actor, director, screenwriter and producer US
2018   Penélope Cruz
Actress Spain
2019   Robert Redford
Actor, director, producer and businessman US

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