A special year for French cinema, which has seen a large number of its releases cut off due to the pandemic and the closing of cinemas. In this extraordinary context, have women imposed themselves more among the nominees?
What place for women in the 2021 Caesar nominations? While the Academy is changing and implementing reforms, especially in the composition of its office, now parity and democratically elected, did this have an effect on the first round of the Caesar vote? The straightforward answer is no. The numbers are stagnating or even falling in certain categories.
It should of course be taken into account that the year was very special, due to the pandemic, with much less feature films in the running (they were precisely 125, according to the accounts made by the Academy) and the absence of female directors. whose names are often associated with the Caesar. The question nevertheless deserves to be asked, and making an inventory of these data from one year to the next is imperative, while Tonie Marshall remains to this day the only woman filmmaker to have won the César de the best director, for Vénus Beauté Institut, 21 years ago.
If we disregard the gender categories (best actress, best supporting role and female revelation), here is the result category by category:
Best film : 1/5 (in 2020, there were 1 citation for 7 nominated films)
Best Director: 1/5 (in 2020, there were 1 citation for 7 nominated films)
Best first film: 2/5 (in 2020, there were 2 citations for 5 nominated films)
Best Documentary: 1/5 (in 2020, there were 2 citations for 5 nominated films)
Best Foreign Film: 0/5 (in 2020, there were 0 citation for 5 nominated films)
Best Original Screenplay: 2/7 screenwriters named (These figures include mixed co-writing, i.e. one more woman compared to 2020)
- Antoinette in the Cévennes – Caroline Vignal
- Two – Filippo Meneghetti & Malysone Bovorasmy
Best adaptation: 1/6 screenwriters named (these are the same statistics as in 2020, namely a single screenwriter named in a mixed tandem)
Best costumes: 5/6 costume designers (in 2020, there were 4 women out of 5 people named)
Best scenery: 0/5 (score of 0 women in 2020 also)
Best Animated Feature: 0/3 (score of 0 women in 2020 also)
Best Animated Short: 2/4 short nominated (in 2020, only one short film directed by a woman had been nominated)
Best Original Music: 0/5 (score of 0 women in 2020 also)
Best short film: 3/5 (in 2020, they were 2 women in a mixed tandem)
Best photography: 0/6 chief operators (in 2020, Claire Mathon was the only woman nominated and was awarded the César)
Best Editing: 3/5 (in 2020, they were 3 out of 6)
Best sound: 4/16 engineers appointed (in 2020, 1 woman out of 18 sound engineers appointed)
This represents 25 women appointed out of a total of 93 men and women combined, excluding gender categories. This brings the total to 40 nominated women if we include Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Female Revelation, and a total of 108 men and women combined.
As a reminder, 2000 is the only year in which parity was reached, in terms of rewards, with 9 out of 18 Caesars awarded to women (excluding Honorary Caesar). It is this same edition that dedicated the late Tonie Marshall, the only woman to have won the César for best achievement.