The Magritte Award (French: Magritte du cinéma) is an accolade presented by the Académie André Delvaux to recognize excellence of professionals in the Belgian film industry. Modelled after the French César Award, the formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in Belgium.
The national accolade is given out in twenty categories each February for motion pictures released in Belgium during the previous year. The 4th Magritte Awards ceremony was held on February 1, 2014, at the Square in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2010, the Académie André Delvaux was established by Patrick Quinet, president of the Francophone Film Producers Association (UPFF), and Luc Jabon, president of Pro Spère, to unite the five branches of the film industry, including actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. It aims to recognize excellence in Belgian francophone cinematic achievements in order to have a Belgian counterpart of the French César Awards.
The name of the award comes from the surrealistRené Magritte. Charly Herscovici, who created the Magritte Foundation, allowed the academy to use the name of the artist. The awarding statuette was created by Xavier Lust, a Belgian designer, who drew inspiration from a poster entitled "Moments inoubliables du cinema" produced by René Magritte for a film festival in 1958. The accolade replaces the Joseph Plateau Award, which was disestablished in 2007. The 1st Magritte Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2010 in Belgium and took place on February 5, 2011, at the Square in the historic site of Mont des Arts, Brussels. During the ceremony, the Académie André Delvaux presented Magritte Awards in twenty categories. The ceremony, televised in Belgium by BeTV, was produced by José Bouquiaux and directed by Vincent J. Gustin.
In 2012, the Académie André Delvaux split Best Coproduction into Best Flemish Film in Coproduction and Best Foreign Film in Coproduction. Its board of directors assigns a Honorary Magritte Award to a Belgian or international film personality. From 2011 to 2012, an Audience Award was also presented voted on by the general public. In 2013, it was replaced by Best First Feature.