Véronique Cayla
Jean-Philippe Baltel

Académie des César



Cayla was a victim of France’s overhaul of its Oscar selection committee, which eliminated the slot that would have been reserved for her as head of the Cesar Academy, allowing her to observe meetings going forward but not participate. It was a minor problem compared with what she faced when she was tapped to run Cesar Academy alongside Éric Toledano (co-director of “The Intouchables”) in 2020 with the mandate to reform the organization. It had been criticized as a secretive elite boys’ club and threatened with a boycott after it bestowed multiple Cesar Award nominations on controversial director Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy.” The 2022 edition of the Cesar Awards was held without incident in February, with Xavier Giannoli’s romantic drama “Lost Illusions,” starring Benjamin Voisin, emerging as the top winner, with seven trophies.  


  • ARTE France
  • Cannes Film Festival


  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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