French actress and director Valérie Lemercier, who has been mistress of ceremonies for the César du cinéma three times, will this time be the president of their 49th edition, on February 23, 2024 at the Olympia in Paris, the organizers announced on Monday. Valérie Lemercier, 59, was the mistress of ceremonies, that is to say the host of the evening, of the French cinema awards ceremony in 2006, 2007 and 2010 alongside Gad Elmaleh. As president, she succeeds the actor Tahar Rahim, who occupied this mainly honorary role during the 2023 edition.
“Winner of three Césars and three Molières, Valérie Lemercier is an inseparable figure from cinema, theater and television, but also from the history of the Césars,” said the Académie des Césars and the channel in a joint press release. of Canal television, which broadcasts them.
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From Palace to Aline
Valérie Lemercier was discovered by the public in 1988 in the comedy television series Palace. In 1994, she won her first César, for best supporting actress, for the cult comedy Les Visiteurs by Jean-Marie Poiré. She then won the same César in 2007 for her Fauteuils d'octet (by Danièle Thompson). Finally, she won best actress in 2022 for her sixth film as director, Aline, inspired by the life of singer Céline Dion.