Lumières Award

"Lumière Award" redirects here. For the film festival accolade, see Lumière Award (film festival award).
Lumières Award
21st Lumières Awards
Awarded for Excellence in Francophone cinema
Country France
Presented by Académie des Lumières
First awarded 1996
Official website

The Lumières Award (French: Prix Lumières) (sometimes called the Prix Lumière or Lumière Award) is a French film award presented by the Académie des Lumières to honor the best in the French-speaking cinema of the previous year. The awards ceremony is organized by the Académie des Lumières which consists of over 200 representatives of the international press based in Paris. Today it is regarded as one of the most prestigious French film industry awards, equivalent to the Golden Globes Awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The 21st Lumières Awards ceremony took place on 8 February 2016, at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris.[1] Mustang won the award for Best Film.[2][3]


The Lumières Award was initiated in 1995 by French producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier and American journalist and ex-Newsweek's Paris correspondent Edward Behr. Their idea was to replicate the Golden Globes given by the foreign press in Hollywood.[4] The Lumières Award is usually presented a month before César Award, the French national film award.


Directing board

The president of the academy is Grazyna Arata, the vice-presidents are Pauline Guilmot and Denitza Bantcheva, and the general secretary is Michela Secci.

Award categories

Current categories

Discontinued categories


Edition Date President(s) Best Film
1st Lumières Awards 29 January 1996 Isabella Rossellini La Haine
2nd Lumières Awards 13 February 1997 Philippe Noiret Ridicule
3rd Lumières Awards 15 December 1998 Fanny Ardant Marius and Jeannette
4th Lumières Awards 16 January 1999 Jean Reno The Dreamlife of Angels
5th Lumières Awards 2 February 2000 Claudia Cardinale The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
6th Lumières Awards 24 January 2001 Frédéric Lopez The Taste of Others
7th Lumières Awards 25 February 2002 Amélie
8th Lumières Awards 14 February 2003 Carole Laure Amen.
9th Lumières Awards 17 February 2004 Patrice Chéreau The Triplets of Belleville
10th Lumières Awards 16 February 2005 Alain Corneau The Chorus
11th Lumières Awards 21 February 2006 Claudia Cardinale The Beat That My Heart Skipped
12th Lumières Awards 5 February 2007 Isabelle Mergault Tell No One
13th Lumières Awards 13 January 2008 Claude Lelouch The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
14th Lumières Awards 19 January 2009 Jeanne Balibar The Class
15th Lumières Awards 15 January 2010 Régis Wargnier Welcome
16th Lumières Awards 14 January 2011 François Berléand Of Gods and Men
17th Lumières Awards 13 January 2012 Catherine Jacob The Artist
18th Lumières Awards 18 January 2013 Victoria Abril Amour
19th Lumières Awards 20 January 2014 Carole Bouquet Blue Is the Warmest Colour
20th Lumières Awards 2 February 2015 Claudia Cardinale, Victoria Abril
Carole Laure, Catherine Jacob and Isabelle Mergault
21st Lumières Awards 8 February 2016 Mustang

See also


  1. "Prix Lumières 2016 : Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse et Mustang en tête des nominations". AlloCiné. 4 January 2016.
  2. "Prix Lumières 2016 : Le film "Mustang" poursuit son ascension". Metronews. 9 February 2016.
  3. "France's Lumiere Awards: 'Mustang' Takes Top Honors". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 February 2016.
  4. L'Académie des Lumières "À l'image des Golden Globe Awards décernés chaque année par l'Association de la presse étrangère de Hollywood, l'Académie des Lumières veut souligner le grand intérêt que porte au cinéma français la presse internationale largement représentée à Paris."
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