"Last year the Oscar Academy was criticized because their nominations were so white and this year because they are so male," said Collectif 50/50, which fights for equality in the French film business, with a view to the USA. "The Césars 2023 are both together."
Hollywood star Brad Pitt appeared as a surprise guest at the gala in Paris. He took over the award from director David Fincher with a César for his life's work.
In early 2020, filmmaker Roman Polanski's award for best director plunged the César Academy into a deep crisis because several women accused Polanski of rape. The old academy leadership then resigned - also because many members complained about cheating. In September 2020, an equal double leadership was elected - but there was no sign of parity in the selection of the nominees this year.
The French film prize is named after artist César Baldaccini, known for his squashed cars. The film awards trophy is a bronze statue depicting compressed furniture decorations. Last year, the historical drama "Lost Illusions" by director Xavier Giannoli was awarded best film.