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César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
César de la meilleure actrice dans un second rôle
Awarded for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Country France
Presented by Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma
Currently held by Valérie Benguigui
What's in a Name (2013)
Official website

The César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (French: César de la meilleure actrice dans un second rôle) is one of the César Awards, presented annually by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to recognize the outstanding performance in a supporting role of an 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.



Superlative Best Actress Best Supporting Actress Overall
(including Most Promising Actress)
Actress with most awards Isabelle Adjani 5 Dominique Blanc 3 Isabelle Adjani 5
Actress with most nominations Isabelle Huppert 12 Dominique Blanc
Noémie Lvovsky
5 Isabelle Huppert 14
Actress with most nominations
without ever winning
Catherine Frot 6 Noémie Lvovsky 5 Catherine Frot
Noémie Lvovsky
Film with most nominations Too Beautiful for You
The Ceremony
8 Women
2 The Crisis 3 Venus Beauty Institute
8 Women
Oldest winner Emmanuelle Riva 85 Suzanne Flon 72 Emmanuelle Riva 85
Oldest nominee Emmanuelle Riva 85 Denise Grey 86 Denise Grey 86
Youngest winner Sandrine Bonnaire 18 Emmanuelle Béart 23 Charlotte Gainsbourg 14
Youngest nominee Charlotte Gainsbourg 17 Christine Pascal 22 Charlotte Gainsbourg 14

As of 2013, 118 actresses have been nominated in the category, with a total of 29 different winners. The average age at first nomination is 39 and the average age of winners at first win is 41.

With three wins (1991, 1993, 1999), Dominique Blanc holds the record of most César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Seven actresses have won two Best Supporting Actress César: Marie-France Pisier (1976, 1977), Nathalie Baye (1981, 1982), Suzanne Flon (1984, 1990), Annie Girardot (1996, 2002), Valérie Lemercier (1994, 2007), Julie Depardieu (2004, 2008) and Anne Alvaro (2001, 2011).

Marie-France Pisier and Nathalie Baye have won their two awards in consecutive years. In addition, they are the only two performers to have won two competitive acting César in a row. Including her Best Actress César won in 1983, Nathalie Baye is also the only performer to have won an acting César in three consecutive years, in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Dominique Blanc and Noémie Lvovsky tie for the record of most nominations with 5. With only two nomination for Best Supporting Actress but 12 nominations for Best Actress, Isabelle Huppert has been nominated a total of 14 times, which makes her the overall most-nominated female performer.

Six women have won both the César Award for Best Supporting Actress and the César Award for Best Actress:

  • Nathalie Baye (Best Supporting Actress in 1981 and 1982, Best Actress in 1983 and 2006)
  • Annie Girardot (Best Actress in 1977, Best Supporting Actress in 1996 and 2002),
  • Dominique Blanc (Best Supporting Actress in 1991, 1993 and 1999, Best Actress in 2001),
  • Karin Viard (Best Actress in 2000, Best Supporting Actress in 2006),
  • Marion Cotillard (Best Supporting Actress in 2005, Best Actress in 2008)
  • Emmanuelle Devos (Best Actress in 2002, Best Supporting Actress in 2010).

Nathalie Baye is the only actress with multiple wins in both categories.

Three films have received both accolades: One Deadly Summer in 1984 (Best Actress to Isabelle Adjani, Best Supporting Actress to Suzanne Flon), Indochine in 1993 (Best Actress to Catherine Deneuve, Best Supporting Actress to Dominique Blanc) and Queen Margot in 1995 (Best Actress to Isabelle Adjani, Best Supporting Actress to Virna Lisi).

Three women have won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress after previously winning the César Award for Most Promising Actress:

Both Cécile de France and Julie Depardieu have won their two awards with a same role: Isabelle, an Erasmus student, in The Spanish Apartment (Most Promising Actress) and its sequel The Russian Dolls (Best Supporting Actress) for de France, and Jeanne-Marie in Little Lili (both awards) for Depardieu.

Therefore, Depardieu is the only actress to have won two acting César for the same performance. This achievement is no longer possible as the Académie has since modified nomination rules to ensure that no actor or actress could be nominated in more than one acting category (Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress or Most Promising Actor/Actress) for the same film.

Three films has received both accolades: An Impudent Girl in 1986 (Best Supporting Actress to Bernadette Lafont, Most Promising Actress to Charlotte Gainsbourg), Life Is a Long Quiet River in 1989 (Best Supporting Actress to Hélène Vincent, Most Promising Actress to Catherine Jacob) and Little Lili in 2004 (both awards to Julie Depardieu).

Nine women have received nominations in the three competitive acting categories: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Actress. They are Emmanuelle Béart, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dominique Blanc, Anne Brochet, Karin Viard, Sandrine Kiberlain, Emmanuelle Devos, Marion Cotillard and Sylvie Testud. So far, no actress has achieved to win the three awards.

To date, the most long-lived winner is Suzanne Flon, who died at 87, and the most short-lived is Valérie Benguigui, who died at 47. The oldest winner who is still alive is Stéphane Audran (Violette Nozière, 1979), aged 80, and the earliest winner who is still alive is Marie Dubois (La Menace, 1978).

International presence

As the César Awards are centered on the French Cinema, the majority of recipients are French and performed in French language. However, the Best Supporting Actress César has been awarded three times to a non-French actress:

Unlike the Best Actress César, the Best Supporting Actress César has never been awarded for a foreign-language performance. Nevertheless, Virna Lisi's and Carmen Maura's roles included some parts of Italian-language and Spanish-language, respectively.

International actresses who have received nomination are:

Other awards

Virna Lisi is the only actress to have won both the Best Supporting Actress César and the Best Actress Award of the Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of Catherine de Médicis in Queen Margot.

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 for Best Supporting Actress of 2010 was awarded on February 27, 2010 for a performance in a film released between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009.

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. Initially set to four, the number of nominees was expanded to five in 1984.

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


Year Winner and Nominees Film Original Title Role(s)
Marie-France Pisier Cousin Cousine Karine
French Provincial Souvenirs d'en France Régina
Andréa Ferréol Cookies Les Galettes de Pont-Aven Madame Licquois
Isabelle Huppert Aloïse Young Aloïse
Christine Pascal Let Joy Reign Supreme Que la fête commence... Emilie
Marie-France Pisier Barocco Nelly
Anny Duperey An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive Un Elephant ça trompe énormément Charlotte
Brigitte Fossey The Good and the Bad Le Bon et les méchants Dominique Blanchot
Francine Racette Lumière Julienne
Marie Dubois La Menace Dominique Montlaur
Nelly Borgeaud The Man Who Loved Women L'Homme qui aimait les femmes Delphine Grezel
Geneviève Fontanel The Man Who Loved Women L'Homme qui aimait les femmes Hélène
Florence Giorgetti The Lacemaker La Dentellière Marylène Torrent
Valérie Mairesse Repérages Esther
Stéphane Audran Violette Nozière Germaine Nozière
Arlette Bonnard A Simple Story Une Histoire simple Gabrielle
Nelly Borgeaud Le Sucre Hilda Courtois
Eva Darlan A Simple Story Une Histoire simple Anna


Year Winner and Nominees Film Original Title Role(s)
Nicole Garcia Le Cavaleur Marie-France
Myriam Boyer Série noire Jeanne
Dominique Lavanant Courage fuyons Mathilda
Maria Schneider Memoirs of a French Whore La Dérobade Maloup
Nathalie Baye Every Man for Himself (a.k.a. Slow Motion) Sauve qui peut (la vie) Denise Rimbaud
Andréa Ferréol The Last Metro Le Dernier Métro Arlette Guillaume
Claire Maurier A Bad Son Un mauvais fils Madeleine
Delphine Seyrig I Sent a Letter to My Love Chère inconnue Yvette
Nathalie Baye Strange Affair Une étrange affaire Nina Coline
Stéphane Audran Coup de torchon Huguette Cordier
Sabine Haudepin Hotel America Hôtel des Amériques Elise Tisserand
Véronique Silver The Woman Next Door La Femme d'à côté Mathilde Bauchard
Fanny Cottençon L'Etoile du Nord Sylvie Baron
Stéphane Audran Paradis pour tous Edith
Danielle Darrieux Une chambre en ville Margot Langlois
Denise Grey La Boum 2 Poupette
Suzanne Flon One Deadly Summer L'Eté meurtrier Cognata
Victoria Abril Moon in the Gutter La Lune dans le caniveau Bella
Stéphane Audran Deadly Circuit Mortelle Randonnée Germaine
Sabine Azéma Life Is a Bed of Roses La Vie est un roman Elisabeth Rousseau
Agnès Soral So Long, Stooge Tchao Pantin Lola
Caroline Cellier Year of the Jellyfish L'Année des méduses Claude
Victoria Abril L'Addition Patty
Carole Bouquet Rive droite, rive gauche Babée Senanques
Élizabeth Bourgine La Septième Cible Laura
Maruschka Detmers The Pirate La Pirate Carole
Bernadette Lafont An Impudent Girl L'Effrontée Léone
Anémone Death in a French Garden Péril en la demeure Edwige Ledieu
Macha Méril Vagabond Sans Toit ni loi Madame Landier
Catherine Frot Staircase C Escalier C Béatrice
Dominique Lavanant Three Men and a Cradle Trois Hommes et un couffin Madame Rapons
Emmanuelle Béart Manon des Sources Manon
Clémentine Célarié Betty Blue 37°2 le matin Annie
Danielle Darrieux Scene of the Crime Le Lieu du crime The Grandmother
Marie Dubois Descente aux enfers Lucette
Jeanne Moreau Le Paltoquet The Bartender
Dominique Lavanant Agent trouble Catherine "Karen" Dariller
Sylvie Joly The Miracle Le Miraculé Madame Fox Terrier
Anna Karina Cayenne Palace Lola
Marie Laforêt Fucking Fernand Lotte
Bernadette Lafont Masks Masques Patricia Marquet
Hélène Vincent Life Is a Long Quiet River La Vie est un long fleuve tranquille Marielle Le Quesnoy
María Casares The Reader La Lectrice The widow of the General
Françoise Fabian Three Seats for the 26th Trois places pour le 26 Marie-Hélène
Dominique Lavanant Quelques jours avec moi Irène Frontin
Marie Trintignant Story of Women Une Affaire de femmes Lucie


Year Winners and nominees English title Original title
Suzanne Flon La Vouivre
Clémentine Célarié Indian Nocturne Nocturne indien
Sabine Haudepin Uncontrollable Circumstances Force majeure
Ludmila Mikaël White Wedding Noce blanche
Micheline Presle I Want to Go Home
Dominique Blanc Milou in May Milou en mai
Catherine Jacob Tatie Danielle
Odette Laure Daddy Nostalgie
Danièle Lebrun Uranus
Thérèse Liotard My Father's Glory
My Mother's Castle
La Gloire de mon père
Le Château de ma mère
Anne Brochet All the Mornings of the World Tous les matins du monde
Jane Birkin The Beautiful Troublemaker La Belle Noiseuse
Catherine Jacob Thank You Life Merci la vie
Valérie Lemercier L'Opération Corned-Beef
Hélène Vincent I Don't Kiss J'embrasse pas
Dominique Blanc Indochine
Zabou Breitman The Crisis La Crise
Brigitte Catillon A Heart in Winter Un cœur en hiver
Michèle Laroque The Crisis La Crise
Maria Pacôme The Crisis La Crise
Valérie Lemercier Les Visiteurs (The Visitors) Les Visiteurs
Myriam Boyer 1, 2, 3, Sun Un, deux, trois, soleil
Judith Henry Germinal
Marie Trintignant The Groundhogs Les Marmottes
Marthe Villalonga My Favourite Season Ma saison préférée
Virna Lisi Queen Margot La Reine Margot
Dominique Blanc Queen Margot La Reine Margot
Catherine Jacob Nine Months Neuf mois
Michèle Moretti Wild Reeds Les Roseaux sauvages
Line Renaud I Can't Sleep J'ai pas sommeil
Annie Girardot Les Misérables
Jacqueline Bisset The Ceremony La Cérémonie
Clotilde Courau Élisa
Carmen Maura Happiness Is in the Field Le Bonheur est dans le pré
Claire Nadeau Nelly and Mr. Arnaud Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud
Catherine Frot Family Resemblances Un air de famille
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi My Man Mon homme
Agnès Jaoui Family Resemblances Un air de famille
Sandrine Kiberlain A Self Made Hero Un héros très discret
Michèle Laroque Pédale douce
Agnès Jaoui Same Old Song On connaît la chanson
Pascale Roberts Marius and Jeannette Marius et Jeannette
Mathilde Seigner Dry Cleaning Nettoyage à sec
Marie Trintignant The Cousin Le Cousin
Karin Viard Hikers Les Randonneurs
Dominique Blanc Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train
Anémone Lautrec
Arielle Dombasle Boredom L'Ennui
Catherine Frot The Dinner Game Le Dîner de Cons
Emmanuelle Seigner Place Vendôme


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
Charlotte Gainsbourg Season's Beatings La bûche
Catherine Mouchet My Little Business Ma petite entreprise
Bulle Ogier Venus Beauty Institute Vénus beauté (institut)
Line Renaud Beautiful Mother Belle maman
Mathilde Seigner Venus Beauty Institute Vénus beauté (institut)
Anne Alvaro The Taste of Others Le Goût des autres
Jeanne Balibar Tomorrow's Another Day Ça ira mieux demain
Agnès Jaoui The Taste of Others Le Goût des autres
Mathilde Seigner Harry, He's Here to Help Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien
Florence Thomassin A Question of Taste Une affaire de goût
Annie Girardot The Piano Teacher La Pianiste
Nicole Garcia Betty Fisher and Other Stories Betty Fisher et autres histoires
Noémie Lvovsky My Wife Is an Actress Ma femme est une actrice
Isabelle Nanty Amélie Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
Line Renaud Chaos
Karin Viard Summer Things Embrassez qui vous voudrez
Dominique Blanc Special Delivery C'est le bouquet!
Danielle Darrieux 8 Women 8 femmes
Emmanuelle Devos The Adversary L'adversaire
Judith Godrèche The Spanish Apartment (a.k.a. Pot Luck) L'Auberge espagnole
Julie Depardieu Little Lili La Petite Lili
Géraldine Pailhas The Cost of Living Le Coût de la vie
Judith Godrèche France Boutique
Isabelle Nanty Not on the Lips Pas sur la bouche
Ludivine Sagnier Swimming Pool
Marion Cotillard A Very Long Engagement Un long dimanche de fiançailles
Ariane Ascaride A Common Thread Brodeuses
Mylène Demongeot Department 36 36 Quai des Orfèvres
Julie Depardieu Podium
Émilie Dequenne The Light L'Équipier
Cécile de France The Russian Dolls Les Poupées russes
Catherine Deneuve Palais royal!
Noémie Lvovsky Backstage
Charlotte Rampling Lemming
Kelly Reilly The Russian Dolls Les Poupées russes
Valérie Lemercier Orchestra Seats Fauteuils d'orchestre
Christine Citti When I Was a Singer (a.k.a. The Singer) Quand j'étais chanteur
Dani Orchestra Seats (a.k.a. Avenue Montaigne) Fauteuils d'orchestre
Mylène Demongeot French California La Californie
Bernadandte Lafont I Do Prête-moi ta main
Julie Depardieu A Secret Un secret
Noémie Lvovsky Actrices
Bulle Ogier Let's Dance Faut que ça danse!
Ludivine Sagnier A Secret Un secret
Sylvie Testud La Vie en Rose La Môme
Elsa Zylberstein I've Loved You So Long Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Jeanne Balibar Sagan
Anne Consigny A Christmas Tale Un conte de Noël
Edith Scob Summer Hours L'Heure d'été
Karin Viard Paris


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
Emmanuelle Devos In the Beginning À l’origine
Aure Atika Miss Chambon Mademoiselle Chambon
Anne Consigny Rapt
Audrey Dana Welcome
Noémie Lvovsky The French Kissers Les Beaux Gosses
Anne Alvaro The Clink of Ice Le Bruit des glacons
Valérie Bonneton Little White Lies Les Petits Mouchoirs
Laetitia Casta Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
Julie Ferrier Heartbreaker L'Arnacœur
Karin Viard Potiche Potiche
Carmen Maura The Women on the 6th Floor Les femmes du 6ème étage
Zabou Breitman The Minister L'exercice de l'État
Anne Le Ny Intouchables
Noémie Lvovsky House of Pleasures L'Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close
Karole Rocher Polisse
Valérie Benguigui What's in a Name? Le prenom
Judith Chemla Camille Rewinds Camille redouble
Isabelle Huppert Amour
Yolande Moreau Camille Rewinds Camille redouble
Édith Scob Holy Motors

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