The Lumières Award (French: Prix Lumières; sometimes called the Prix Lumière or Lumière Award) is a French film award presented by the Académie des Lumières to honor the best in the French-speaking cinema of the previous year. The awards ceremony is organized by the Académie des Lumières which consists of over 200 representatives of the international press based in Paris. Today it is regarded as one of the most prestigious French film industry awards, equivalent to the Golden Globe Award presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
|24th Lumières Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in Francophone cinema|
|Presented by||Académie des Lumières|
The Lumières Award was initiated in 1995 by French producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier and American journalist and ex-Newsweek's Paris correspondent Edward Behr. Their idea was to replicate the Golden Globes given by the foreign press in Hollywood. The Lumières Award is usually presented a month before César Award, the French national film award.
The president of the academy is Grazyna Arata, the vice-presidents are Pauline Guilmot and Denitza Bantcheva, and the general secretary is Michela Secci.
- Best Film: since 1996
- Best Director: since 1996
- Best Actor: since 1996
- Best Actress: since 1996
- Best Screenplay: since 1996
- Most Promising Actor: since 2000
- Most Promising Actress: since 2000
- Best French-Language Film: since 2003
- Best First Film (Prix Heike Hurst): since 2014
- Best Cinematography (Prix CST): since 2008
- Best Music: since 2016
- Best Documentary: since 2016
- Special Jury Prize: since 2013
- Honorary Lumières Award: since 2006
- World Audience Award
- Best Foreign Film
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- L'Académie des Lumières Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine "À l'image des Golden Globe Awards décernés chaque année par l'Association de la presse étrangère de Hollywood, l'Académie des Lumières veut souligner le grand intérêt que porte au cinéma français la presse internationale largement représentée à Paris."