This is the most recent award of the ceremony, the public Caesar evolves after only two years of existence. We explain to you how this award is granted by the Academy.
But for the César 2020, the Academy has decided to change the rules in order to allow professionals to decide on the feature films that were popular with the public last year. For this reason, the scores at the French box office are stopped just before the announcement of the César nominations. The Académie des César then proposes a list of five films in which the 4,000 or so members vote to grant the César du public reward, which could therefore be renamed as follows: "César for the public but chosen by the professionals". The French film with the most admissions in the year is therefore not at all guaranteed to win the prize. Here is the list of films nominated for the César du public this year:
Under the previous rules, Philippe de Chauveron, director of What We Have Done Again to God, would have been guaranteed to get the People's Caesar this year. But now that the rules have changed, the filmmaker has no certainty about his price. In an interview with Parisian, the director believes that it is a "bras d'honneur to the public". "Does that mean that the audience isn't smart enough? That they don't have good enough taste? [...] It's unacceptable to disrespect the audience."