The Cesar Award is the national film award of France, first given out in 1976. The nominations are selected by the members of the Acadmie des arts et techniques du cinma. The nationally televised award ceremony is held in the Thtre du Chtelet in Paris each February. The name of the award comes from the sculptor Csar Baldaccini. The trophies are actual sculptures of the artist. They are considered to be the French equivalent of the American Academy Awards. The 37th Csar Awards was presented on 24 February 2012, with Antoine de Caunes acting as the master of ceremonies and Guillaume Canet as the chairman of the ceremony.
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