César Award for Best Supporting Actress

César de la meilleure actrice dans un second rôle
César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Awarded for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Country France
Presented by Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma
First awarded 1976
Currently held by Sidse Babett Knudsen for Courted (2016)
Official website academie-cinema.org

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
Catherine Deneuve
13 Noémie Lvovsky 6 Isabelle Huppert 15
Actress with most nominations
without ever winning
Emmanuelle Béart 5 Noémie Lvovsky 6 Noémie Lvovsky 6
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 Claude Gensac 87 Claude Gensac 87
Youngest winner Sandrine Bonnaire 18 Emmanuelle Béart 23 Charlotte Gainsbourg 14
Youngest nominee Charlotte Gainsbourg 17 Christine Pascal 22 Charlotte Gainsbourg 14

As of 2016, 127 actresses have been nominated in the category, with a total of 32 different winners. The average age at first nomination is 41 and the average age of winners at first win is 39.

With three wins (1991, 1993, 1999), Dominique Blanc holds the record of most César Award for Best Supporting Actress. Seven actresses have won the César twice: 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. Along with Adèle Haenel, they are the only three 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.

Noémie Lvovsky holds the record of most nominations with 6. With only two nomination for Best Supporting Actress but 13 nominations for Best Actress, Isabelle Huppert has been nominated a total of 15 times, which makes her the overall most-nominated female performer.

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

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).

Twelve 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, Cécile de France, Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Emilie Dequenne and Adèle Haenel. 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 and earliest winner who is still alive is Stéphane Audran (Violette Nozière, 1979), aged 83.

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 five times to a non-French actress:

The Best Supporting Actress César has only been awarded only once for a full foreign-language performance with Kristen Stewart's English-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 PisierCousin CousineKarine
French ProvincialSouvenirs d'en FranceRégina
Andréa FerréolCookiesLes Galettes de Pont-AvenMadame Licquois
Isabelle HuppertAloïseYoung Aloïse
Christine PascalLet Joy Reign SupremeQue la fête commence...Emilie
Marie-France PisierBaroccoNelly
Anny DupereyAn Elephant Can Be Extremely DeceptiveUn Elephant ça trompe énormémentCharlotte
Brigitte FosseyThe Good and the BadLe Bon et les méchantsDominique Blanchot
Francine RacetteLumièreJulienne
Marie DuboisLa MenaceDominique Montlaur
Nelly BorgeaudThe Man Who Loved WomenL'Homme qui aimait les femmesDelphine Grezel
Geneviève Fontanel Hélène
Florence GiorgettiThe LacemakerLa DentellièreMarylène Torrent
Valérie MairesseRepéragesEsther
Stéphane AudranViolette NozièreGermaine Nozière
Arlette BonnardA Simple StoryUne Histoire simpleGabrielle
Éva DarlanAnna
Nelly BorgeaudLe SucreHilda Courtois


Year Winner and Nominees Film Original Title Role(s)
Nicole GarciaLe CavaleurMarie-France
Myriam BoyerSérie noireJeanne
Dominique LavanantCourage - Let's RunMathilda
Maria SchneiderMemoirs of a French WhoreLa DérobadeMaloup
Nathalie BayeEvery Man for Himself (a.k.a. Slow Motion)Sauve qui peut (la vie)Denise Rimbaud
Andréa FerréolThe Last MetroLe Dernier MétroArlette Guillaume
Claire MaurierA Bad SonUn mauvais filsMadeleine
Delphine SeyrigI Sent a Letter to My LoveChère inconnueYvette
Nathalie BayeStrange AffairUne étrange affaireNina Coline
Stéphane AudranCoup de torchonHuguette Cordier
Sabine HaudepinHotel AmericaHôtel des AmériquesElise Tisserand
Véronique SilverThe Woman Next DoorLa Femme d'à côtéMathilde Bauchard
Fanny CottençonL'Etoile du NordSylvie Baron
Stéphane AudranParadis pour tousEdith
Danielle DarrieuxUne chambre en villeMargot Langlois
Denise GreyLa Boum 2Poupette
Suzanne FlonOne Deadly SummerL'Eté meurtrierCognata
Victoria AbrilMoon in the GutterLa Lune dans le caniveauBella
Stéphane AudranDeadly CircuitMortelle RandonnéeGermaine
Sabine AzémaLife Is a Bed of RosesLa Vie est un romanElisabeth Rousseau
Agnès SoralSo Long, StoogeTchao PantinLola
Caroline CellierYear of the JellyfishL'Année des médusesClaude
Victoria AbrilL'AdditionPatty
Carole BouquetRive droite, rive gaucheBabée Senanques
Élizabeth BourgineLa Septième CibleLaura
Maruschka DetmersThe PirateLa PirateCarole
Bernadette LafontAn Impudent GirlL'EffrontéeLéone
AnémoneDeath in a French GardenPéril en la demeureEdwige Ledieu
Macha MérilVagabondSans Toit ni loiMadame Landier
Catherine FrotEscalier CBéatrice
Dominique LavanantThree Men and a CradleTrois Hommes et un couffinMadame Rapons
Emmanuelle BéartManon des SourcesManon
Clémentine CélariéBetty Blue37°2 le matinAnnie
Danielle DarrieuxScene of the CrimeLe Lieu du crimeThe Grandmother
Marie DuboisDescent Into HellDescente aux enfersLucette
Jeanne MoreauLe PaltoquetThe Bartender
Dominique LavanantAgent troubleCatherine "Karen" Dariller
Sylvie JolyThe MiracleLe MiraculéMadame Fox Terrier
Anna KarinaCayenne PalaceLola
Marie LaforêtFucking FernandLotte
Bernadette LafontMasksMasquesPatricia Marquet
Hélène VincentLife Is a Long Quiet RiverLa Vie est un long fleuve tranquilleMarielle Le Quesnoy
María CasaresThe ReaderLa LectriceThe widow of the General
Françoise FabianThree Seats for the 26thTrois places pour le 26Marie-Hélène
Dominique LavanantQuelques jours avec moiIrène Frontin
Marie TrintignantStory of WomenUne Affaire de femmesLucie


Year Winners and nominees English title Original title
Suzanne FlonLa Vouivre
Clémentine CélariéIndian NocturneNocturne indien
Sabine HaudepinForce majeure
Ludmila MikaëlWhite WeddingNoce blanche
Micheline PresleI Want to Go Home
Dominique BlancMilou in MayMilou en mai
Catherine JacobTatie Danielle
Odette LaureDaddy Nostalgie
Danièle LebrunUranus
Thérèse LiotardMy Father's Glory La Gloire de mon père
My Mother's CastleLe Château de ma mère
Anne BrochetAll the Mornings of the WorldTous les matins du monde
Jane BirkinThe Beautiful TroublemakerLa Belle Noiseuse
Catherine JacobThank You LifeMerci la vie
Valérie LemercierL'Opération Corned-Beef
Hélène VincentI Don't KissJ'embrasse pas
Dominique BlancIndochine
Brigitte CatillonA Heart in WinterUn cœur en hiver
Michèle LaroqueThe CrisisLa Crise
Maria Pacôme
Zabou Breitman
Valérie LemercierThe VisitorsLes Visiteurs
Myriam Boyer1, 2, 3, SunUn, deux, trois, soleil
Judith HenryGerminal
Marie TrintignantLes Marmottes
Marthe VillalongaMy Favourite SeasonMa saison préférée
Virna LisiQueen MargotLa Reine Margot
Dominique BlancQueen MargotLa Reine Margot
Catherine JacobNeuf mois
Michèle MorettiWild ReedsLes Roseaux sauvages
Line RenaudI Can't SleepJ'ai pas sommeil
Annie GirardotLes Misérables
Jacqueline BissetThe CeremonyLa Cérémonie
Clotilde CourauÉlisa
Carmen MauraHappiness Is in the FieldLe Bonheur est dans le pré
Claire NadeauNelly and Mr. ArnaudNelly & Monsieur Arnaud
Catherine FrotFamily ResemblancesUn air de famille
Valeria Bruni TedeschiMy ManMon homme
Agnès JaouiFamily ResemblancesUn air de famille
Sandrine KiberlainA Self Made HeroUn héros très discret
Michèle LaroquePédale douce
Agnès JaouiSame Old SongOn connaît la chanson
Pascale RobertsMarius and JeannetteMarius et Jeannette
Mathilde SeignerDry CleaningNettoyage à sec
Marie TrintignantThe CousinLe Cousin
Karin ViardHikersLes Randonneurs
Dominique BlancThose Who Love Me Can Take the TrainCeux qui m'aiment prendront le train
Arielle DombasleBoredomL'Ennui
Catherine FrotThe Dinner GameLe Dîner de Cons
Emmanuelle SeignerPlace Vendôme


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
Charlotte GainsbourgSeason's BeatingsLa bûche
Catherine MouchetMy Little BusinessMa petite entreprise
Bulle OgierVenus Beauty InstituteVénus beauté (institut)
Line RenaudBeautiful MotherBelle maman
Mathilde SeignerVenus Beauty InstituteVénus beauté (institut)
Anne AlvaroThe Taste of OthersLe Goût des autres
Jeanne BalibarTomorrow's Another DayÇa ira mieux demain
Agnès JaouiThe Taste of OthersLe Goût des autres
Mathilde SeignerHarry, He's Here to HelpHarry, un ami qui vous veut du bien
Florence ThomassinA Question of TasteUne affaire de goût
Annie GirardotThe Piano TeacherLa Pianiste
Nicole GarciaBetty Fisher and Other StoriesBetty Fisher et autres histoires
Noémie LvovskyMy Wife Is an ActressMa femme est une actrice
Isabelle NantyAmélieLe Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
Line RenaudChaos
Karin ViardSummer ThingsEmbrassez qui vous voudrez
Dominique BlancSpecial DeliveryC'est le bouquet!
Danielle Darrieux8 Women8 femmes
Emmanuelle DevosThe AdversaryL'adversaire
Judith GodrècheThe Spanish Apartment (a.k.a. Pot Luck)L'Auberge espagnole
Julie DepardieuLittle LiliLa Petite Lili
Géraldine PailhasThe Cost of LivingLe Coût de la vie
Judith GodrècheFrance Boutique
Isabelle NantyNot on the LipsPas sur la bouche
Ludivine SagnierSwimming Pool
Marion CotillardA Very Long EngagementUn long dimanche de fiançailles
Ariane AscarideA Common ThreadBrodeuses
Mylène DemongeotDepartment 3636 Quai des Orfèvres
Julie DepardieuPodium
Émilie DequenneThe LightL'Équipier
Cécile de FranceThe Russian DollsLes Poupées russes
Catherine DeneuvePalais royal!
Noémie LvovskyBackstage
Charlotte RamplingLemming
Kelly ReillyThe Russian DollsLes Poupées russes
Valérie LemercierOrchestra SeatsFauteuils d'orchestre
Christine CittiWhen I Was a Singer (a.k.a. The Singer)Quand j'étais chanteur
DaniOrchestra Seats (a.k.a. Avenue Montaigne)Fauteuils d'orchestre
Mylène DemongeotFrench CaliforniaLa Californie
Bernadette LafontI DoPrête-moi ta main
Julie DepardieuA SecretUn secret
Noémie LvovskyActrices
Bulle OgierLet's DanceFaut que ça danse!
Ludivine SagnierA SecretUn secret
Sylvie TestudLa Vie en RoseLa Môme
Elsa ZylbersteinI've Loved You So LongIl y a longtemps que je t'aime
Jeanne BalibarSagan
Anne ConsignyA Christmas TaleUn conte de Noël
Edith ScobSummer HoursL'Heure d'été
Karin ViardParis


Year Winner and nominees English title Original title
Emmanuelle DevosIn the BeginningÀ l’origine
Aure AtikaMiss ChambonMademoiselle Chambon
Anne ConsignyRapt
Audrey DanaWelcome
Noémie LvovskyThe French KissersLes Beaux Gosses
Anne AlvaroThe Clink of IceLe Bruit des glacons
Valérie BonnetonLittle White Lies Les Petits Mouchoirs
Laetitia CastaGainsbourg: A Heroic Life Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)
Julie FerrierHeartbreaker L'Arnacœur
Karin ViardPotiche Potiche
Carmen MauraThe Women on the 6th FloorLes Femmes du 6ème étage
Zabou BreitmanThe MinisterL'Exercice de l'État
Anne Le NyIntouchables
Noémie LvovskyHouse of PleasuresL'Apollonide: Souvenirs de la maison close
Karole RocherPolisse
Valérie Benguigui What's in a Name? Le Prenom
Judith Chemla Camille Rewinds Camille redouble
Yolande Moreau
Isabelle Huppert Amour
Édith Scob Holy Motors
Adèle Haenel Suzanne
Marisa Borini A Castle in Italy Un château en Italie
Françoise Fabian Me, Myself and Mum Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table!
Julie Gayet The French Minister Quai d'Orsay
Géraldine Pailhas Young & Beautiful Jeune & Jolie
Kristen Stewart Clouds of Sils MariaSils Maria
Marianne Denicourt Hippocrates Hippocrate
Claude Gensac Lulu in the Nude Lulu femme nue
Izïa Higelin Samba
Charlotte Le Bon Yves Saint Laurent
Sidse Babett Knudsen Courted L'Hermine
Sara ForestierStanding Tall La Tête haute
Agnès Jaoui The Sweet Escape Comme un avion
Noémie LvovskySummertime La Belle Saison
Karin Viard 21 Nights with Pattie 21 nuits avec Pattie

Multiple nominations

2 nominations

  • Nathalie Baye (2 wins)
  • Suzanne Flon (2 wins)
  • Anne Alvaro (2 wins)
  • Annie Girardot (2 wins)
  • Marie-France Pisier (2 wins)
  • Carmen Mauran (1 win)
  • Hélène Vincent (1 win)
  • Bernadette Lafont (1 win)
  • Nicole Garcia (1 win)
  • Emmanuelle Devos (1 win)
  • Marie Dubois (1 win)
  • Andréa Ferréol
  • Isabelle Huppert
  • Nelly Borgeaud
  • Myriam Boyer
  • Sabine Haudepin
  • Victoria Abril
  • Anémone
  • Clémentine Célarié
  • Françoise Fabian
  • Zabou Breitman
  • Michèle Laroque
  • Bulle Ogier
  • Jeanne Balibar
  • Isabelle Nanty
  • Judith Godrèche
  • Géraldine Pailhas
  • Ludivine Sagnier
  • Mylène Demongeot
  • Anne Consigny
  • Edith Scob
  • Françoise Fabian

3 nominations

  • Julie Depardieu (2 wins)
  • Valérie Lemercier (2 wins)
  • Catherine Frot (1 win)
  • Danielle Darrieux
  • Marie Trintignant
  • Catherine Jacob
  • Line Renaud
  • Mathilde Seigner

4 nominations

  • Stéphane Audran (1 win)
  • Agnès Jaoui (1 win)
  • Dominique Lavanant (1 win)

5 nominations

  • Dominique Blanc (3 wins)
  • Karin Viard (1 win)

6 nominations

  • Noémie Lvovsky

One actress have the record of most consecutive nominations with 3: Stéphane Audran (1982, 1983, 1984).

See also


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