List of French Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of French Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of French actors, actresses, and films that have either been submitted or nominated for, or have won, an Academy Award. This list is current as of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony held on February 26, 2012.

Best Actor[edit]

This list focuses on French-born actors.

Leading[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1929 Maurice Chevalier The Big Pond Nominated First French actor to be nominated for Best Actor
1930 Maurice Chevalier The Love Parade Nominated
1938 Charles Boyer Maria Walewska Nominated
1939 Charles Boyer Algiers Nominated
1945 Charles Boyer Gaslight Nominated
1961 Charles Boyer Fanny Nominated Most Academy Award nominations - 4 nominations for Best Actor
1990 Gérard Depardieu Cyrano de Bergerac Nominated First actor to be nominated for a French-speaking role.
2011 Jean Dujardin The Artist Won First and only French actor to win Best Actor

Best Actress[edit]

This list focuses on French-born actresses.

Leading[edit]

Year Winner Film Status Milestone/Notes
1934 Claudette Colbert It Happened One Night Won First French actress to win Best Actress and to be nominated
1935 Claudette Colbert Private Worlds Nominated First French actress to receive more than one Academy Award nomination
1944 Claudette Colbert Since You Went Away Nominated Most Academy Award nominations - 3 nominations for Best Actress
1953 Leslie Caron Lili Nominated
1959 Simone Signoret Room at the Top Won Second French actress to win Best Actress
1963 Leslie Caron L-Shaped Room, TheThe L-Shaped Room Nominated Second French actress to receive more than one nomination - 2 nominations for Best Actress
1965 Simone Signoret Ship of Fools Nominated
1966 Anouk Aimée Man and a Woman, AA Man and a Woman Nominated
1975 Isabelle Adjani Story of Adele H., TheThe Story of Adele H. Nominated
1976 Marie-Christine Barrault Cousin, cousine Nominated
1989 Isabelle Adjani Camille Claudel Nominated
1992 Catherine Deneuve Indochine Nominated
2000 Juliette Binoche Chocolat Nominated First and only French actress to be nominated for in both Leading and Supporting categories
2007 Marion Cotillard Vie en Rose, LaLa Vie en Rose Won First and only actress to win for a French-speaking role. Third French actress to win Best Actress
2012 Emmanuelle Riva Amour Nominated Oldest Best Actress nominee in the history.

Supporting[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1952 Colette Marchand Moulin Rouge Nominated First French actress to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress
1996 Juliette Binoche English Patient, TheThe English Patient Won First French actress to win Best Supporting Actress
2011 Bérénice Bejo Artist, TheThe Artist Nominated Bejo was born in Argentina

Best Animated Feature[edit]

This list focuses on French-born film directors.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
2003 Sylvain Chomet Triplets of Belleville, TheThe Triplets of Belleville Nominated
2007 Vincent Paronnaud
Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis Nominated Satrapi was born in Iran
2010 Sylvain Chomet Illusionist, TheThe Illusionist Nominated
2011 Alain Gagnol
Jean-Loup Felicioli
A Cat in Paris Nominated
2013 Pierre Coffin Despicable Me 2 Nominated Shared with Chris Renaud & Chris Meledandri
Didier Brunner Ernest & Celestine Nominated Shared with Benjamin Renner

Best Art Direction[edit]

This list focuses on French-born art directors and set decorators.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1966 Marc Frédérix
Jacques Rouxel
Is Paris Burning? Nominated Nominated with Willy Holt.
1980 Jacques Rouxel Tess Won Nominated with Jack Stephens.
1990 Jacques Rouxel Cyrano de Bergerac Nominated Nominated with Ezio Frigerio.
2000 Françoise Benoît-Fresco
Jean Rabasse
Vatel Nominated
2001 Aline Bonetto
Marie-Laure Valla
Amélie Nominated
2004 Aline Bonetto Very Long Engagement, AA Very Long Engagement Nominated
2011 Anne Seibel
Hélène Dubreuil
Midnight in Paris Nominated

Best Cinematography[edit]

This list focuses on French-born cinematographers.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1953 Joseph C. Brun Martin Luther Nominated
1966 Marcel Grignon Is Paris Burning? Nominated
1990 Philippe Rousselot Henry & June Nominated
1992 Philippe Rousselot River Runs Through It, AA River Runs Through It Won
2001 Bruno Delbonnel Amélie Nominated
2004 Bruno Delbonnel Very Long Engagement, AA Very Long Engagement Nominated
2009 Bruno Delbonnel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nominated
2011 Guillaume Schiffman The Artist Nominated
2013 Bruno Delbonnel Inside Llewyn Davis Nominated
Philippe Le Sourd The Grandmaster Nominated

Best Costume Design[edit]

This list focuses on French-born costume designers.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1950 Jean Louis Born Yesterday Nominated
1957 Hubert de Givenchy Funny Face Nominated
1979 Albert Wolsky All That Jazz Won Wolsky is a French-born American designer.
1980 Jean-Pierre Dorléac Somewhere in Time Nominated
1982 Albert Wolsky Sophie's Choice Nominated
1983 Anne-Marie Marchand Return of Martin Guerre, TheThe Return of Martin Guerre Nominated
1985 Albert Wolsky Journey of Natty Gann, TheThe Journey of Natty Gann Nominated
1991 Albert Wolsky Bugsy Won
1992 Albert Wolsky Toys Nominated
2007 Albert Wolsky Across the Universe Nominated
2008 Albert Wolsky Revolutionary Road Nominated
2009 Catherine Leterrier Coco Before Chanel Nominated

Best Director[edit]

This list focuses on French-born directors.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1945 Jean Renoir Southerner, TheThe Southerner Nominated
1966 Claude Lelouch Man and a Woman, AA Man and a Woman Nominated
1974 Roman Polanski Chinatown Nominated Polanski is a French-born Polish director.
François Truffaut Day for Night Nominated
1979 Edouard Molinaro Cage aux Folles, LaLa Cage aux Folles Nominated
1980 Roman Polanski Tess Nominated
1981 Louis Malle Atlantic City Nominated
1990 Barbet Schroeder Reversal of Fortune Nominated Schroeder is an Iranian-born French director.
2002 Roman Polanski Pianist, TheThe Pianist Won
2011 Michel Hazanavicius Artist, TheThe Artist Won

Best Documentary Film[edit]

This list focuses on French-born producers/directors.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
2001 Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Denis Poncet
Murder on a Sunday Morning Won
2002 Jacques Perrin Winged Migration Nominated
2005 Yves Darondeau
Luc Jacquet
March of the Penguins Won

Best Editing[edit]

This list focuses on French-born film editors.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1969 Françoise Bonnot Z Won
2002 Hervé de Luze Pianist, TheThe Pianist Nominated
2006 Alex Rodríguez Children of Men Nominated Rodríguez is a French-born Mexican editor
Nominated with Alfonso Cuarón
2007 Juliette Welfling Diving Bell and the Butterfly, TheThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly Nominated
2011 Anne-Sophie Bion
Michel Hazanavicius
Artist, TheThe Artist Nominated

Best Film[edit]

This list focuses on French-born producers.

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
2002 Robert Benmussa
Roman Polanski
Alain Sarde
Pianist, TheThe Pianist Nominated
2011 Thomas Langmann Artist, TheThe Artist Won First French-produced film to win Best Picture

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

Year Film Result
1948 Monsieur Vincent Won (Honorary)
1949 The Walls of Malapaga Won (Honorary)
1952 Forbidden Games Won (Honorary)
1958 Mon Oncle Won
1959 Orfeu Negro Won
1962 Sundays and Cybele Won
1966 A Man and a Woman Won
1969 Z Won
1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Won
1973 Day for Night Won
1976 Black and White in Color Won
1977 Madame Rosa Won
1978 Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Won
1980 Last Metro, TheThe Last Metro Nominated
1982 Coup de Torchon Nominated
1983 Entre Nous Nominated
1984 Dangerous Moves Won
1985 Three Men and a Cradle Nominated
1986 Betty Blue Nominated
1987 Au revoir les enfants Nominated
1989 Camille Claudel Nominated
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac Nominated
1992 Indochine Won
1996 Ridicule Nominated
1999 East/West Nominated
2000 Taste of Others, TheThe Taste of Others Nominated
2001 Amélie Nominated
2004 The Chorus Nominated
2005 Joyeux Noël Nominated
2008 Class, TheThe Class Nominated
2009 Prophet, AA Prophet Nominated
2012 Amour Won

Best Music[edit]

This list focuses on scores or songs created by French-born composers.

Original Score[edit]

Year Writer Award Film Result
1962 Maurice Jarre Best Score – Substantially Original Lawrence of Arabia Won
1963 Maurice Jarre Best Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment Sundays and Cybele Nominated
1965 Jacques Demy
Michel Legrand
Best Score – Substantially Original Umbrellas of Cherbourg, TheThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg Nominated
Maurice Jarre Best Score – Substantially Original Doctor Zhivago Won
1968 Jacques Demy
Michel Legrand
Best Score – Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation)l Young Girls of Rochefort, TheThe Young Girls of Rochefort Nominated
1969 Georges Delerue Best Original Score Anne of the Thousand Days Nominated
1970 Francis Lai Best Original Score Love Story Won
1971 Michel Legrand Best Original Score – Dramatic Summer of '42 Won
1973 Georges Delerue Best Original Score – Dramatic The Day of the Dolphin Nominated
1977 Georges Delerue Best Original Score – Dramatic Julia Nominated
Maurice Jarre Best Original Score Mohammad, Messenger of God Nominated
1979 Georges Delerue Best Original Score A Little Romance Won
1980 Philippe Sarde Best Original Score Tess Nominated
1983 Michel Legrand Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score Yentl Won
1984 Maurice Jarre Best Original Score Passage to India, AA Passage to India Won
1985 Maurice Jarre Best Original Score Witness Nominated
Georges Delerue Best Original Score – Dramatic Agnes of God Nominated
1988 Maurice Jarre Best Original Score Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Nominated
1990 Maurice Jarre Best Original Score Ghost Nominated
1996 Gabriel Yared Best Original Score The English Patient Won
1999 Gabriel Yared Best Original Score The Talented Mr. Ripley Nominated
2003 Gabriel Yared Best Original Score Cold Mountain Nominated
2006 Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score Queen, TheThe Queen Nominated
2008 Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score Curious Case of Benjamin Button, TheThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button Nominated
2009 Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score Fantastic Mr. Fox Nominated
2010 Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score King's Speech, TheThe King's Speech Nominated
2011 Ludovic Bource Best Original Score Artist, TheThe Artist Won
2012 Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score Argo Nominated
2013 Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score Philomena Nominated

Original Song[edit]

Year Winner Song and Film Status Milestone/Notes
1965 Jacques Demy
Michel Legrand
Umbrellas of Cherbourg, TheThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
for the song: "I Will Wait for You"
Nominated
1968 Michel Legrand The Thomas Crown Affair
for the song: "The Windmills of Your Mind"
Won
1969 Michel Legrand The Happy Ending
for the song: "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"
Nominated
1970 Michel Legrand Pieces of Dreams
for the song: "Pieces of Dream"
Nominated
1972 Maurice Jarre Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, TheThe Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
for the song: "Marmalade, Molasses & Honey"
Nominated
2003 Sylvain Chomet The Triplets of Belleville
for the song: "Belleville Rendez-vous
Nominated Nomination shared with Benoit Charest
2004 Christophe Barratier
Bruno Coulais
Chorus, TheThe Chorus
for the song: "Look to Your Path (Vois sur ton chemin)"
Nominated
2009 Reinhardt Wagner
Frank Thomas
Paris 36
for the song: "Loin de Paname"
Nominated
2012 Claude-Michel Schönberg
Alain Boublil
Les Misérables
for the song: "Suddenly"
Nominated Nomination shared with Herbert Kretzmer

Best Short Film[edit]

Live Action[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1962 Jean-Claude Carrière
Pierre Étaix
Heureux Anniversaire Won
1963 Marcel Ichac Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, AnAn Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Won
1965 Claude Berri Chicken, TheThe Chicken Won
1993 Sam Karmann Omnibus Won
2007 Philippe Pollet-Villard Le Mozart des Pickpockets Won

Animated[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
2007 Sylvain Chomet The Old Lady and the Pigeons Nominated
2008 Thierry Marchand Oktapodi Nominated
2009 Nicolas Schmerkin Logorama Won Schmerkin is an Argentinian-born French producer.
2009 Fabrice O. Joubert French Roast Nominated
2010 Bastien Dubois Madagascar, a Journey Diary Nominated
2013 Laurent Witz
Alexandre Espigares
Mr Hublot Won

Best Sound[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
2001 Guillaume Leriche Amélie Nominated

Best Visual Effects[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1963 Emil Kosa, Jr. Cleopatra Won First person to win Visual effects after the name change
1994 Jacques Stroweis True Lies Nominated Nomination shared with John Bruno, Thomas L. Fisher and Patrick McClung
2012 Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Snow White and the Huntsman Nominated Nomination shared with Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
2012 Guillaume Rocheron Life of Pi Won Nomination shared with Bill Westenhofer, Erik De Boer, and Donald Elliott

Best Writing[edit]

This list focuses on French-born writers.

Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1963 Serge Bourguignon
Antoine Tudal
Sundays and Cybele Nominated
1977 Jean-Claude Carrière That Obscure Object of Desire Nominated Nominated with Luis Buñuel
1979 Marcello Danon
Edouard Molinaro
Jean Poiret
Francis Veber
Cage aux Folles, LaLa Cage aux Folles Nominated
1988 Jean-Claude Carrière Unbearable Lightness of Being, TheThe Unbearable Lightness of Being Nominated
2004 Julie Delpy Before Sunset Nominated Nominated with Americans Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Kim Krizan
2013 Julie Delpy Before Midnight Nominated Nominated with Americans Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke

Original Screenplay[edit]

Year Winner Title Status Milestone/Notes
1959 Marcel Moussy
François Truffaut
400 Blows, TheThe 400 Blows Nominated Moussy is an Algerian-born French writer.
1960 Marguerite Duras Hiroshima, My Love Nominated Duras was born in French Cochinchina [now Vietnam].
1962 Alain Robbe-Grillet Last Year at Marienbad Nominated
1965 Jacques Demy Umbrellas of Cherbourg, TheThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg Nominated
1966 Claude Lelouch Man and a Woman, AA Man and a Woman Won
1970 Eric Rohmer My Night at Maud's Nominated
1972 Jean-Claude Carrière Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, TheThe Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Nominated Nominated with Luis Buñuel
Louis Malle Murmur of the Heart Nominated
1974 Jean-Louis Richard
Suzanne Schiffman
François Truffaut
Day for Night Nominated
1975 Claude Lelouch And Now My Love Nominated
1976 Jean Charles Tacchella
Danièle Thompson
Cousin, cousine Nominated Thompson was born in Monaco.
1980 Jean Gruault My American Uncle Nominated
1987 Louis Malle Goodbye, Children Nominated
2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Guillaume Laurant
Amélie Nominated
2004 Pierre Bismuth
Michel Gondry
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Won Nominated with Charlie Kaufman.
2011 Michel Hazanavicius Artist, TheThe Artist Nominated

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