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The César Award
César Award
is the national film award of France. It is delivered in the Nuit des César ceremony and was first awarded in 1976. The nominations are selected by the members of twelve categories of filmmaking professionals and supported by the French Ministry of Culture.[1] The nationally televised award ceremony is held in the Théâtre du Châtelet
Théâtre du Châtelet
in Paris each year in February. It is an initiative from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma which was founded in 1975. The César Award
César Award
is considered the highest film honor in France, the French film industry's equivalent to the Molière Award
Molière Award
for theatre, and the Victoires de la Musique for music. In cinema, it is the French equivalent to the Academy Award. The award was created by Georges Cravenne, who was also the creator of the Molière Award
Molière Award
for theatre. The name of the award comes from the sculptor César Baldaccini
César Baldaccini
(1921–1998) who created it. The 43rd César Awards
43rd César Awards
ceremony took place on 2 March 2018. BPM (Beats per Minute), directed by Robin Campillo, won the award for Best Film.

Contents

1 History 2 Voting process 3 Categories

3.1 Merit awards 3.2 Special
Special
awards 3.3 Retired awards

4 Ceremonies 5 Trivia

5.1 Films which received five or more César Awards 5.2 Films which received 10 or more César Award
César Award
nominations 5.3 Directors with two or more awards 5.4 Actors with 7 or more nominations 5.5 "Big Five" winners and nominees

5.5.1 Winners 5.5.2 Nominees

5.6 Most acting wins and nominations for a film

6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] In 1974, Georges Cravenne
Georges Cravenne
founded the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema that was, from the outset, intended to reward the achievements and the most remarkable film artwork, to have a French equivalent to the American Oscars. The first César Awards – also known as the "Night of Caesar" – were held on 3 April 1976 under the chairmanship of Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
who watched the ceremony from the front row seated in a wheelchair a few months before his death. The name of the award comes from the sculptor César, designer of the trophy awarded to the winners in each category. It is also an homage to the Raimu, the great French actor and performer of Marseille trilogy of Marcel Pagnol, in which Raimu
Raimu
played the character of César.

Josiane Balasko, Daniel Auteuil, Catherine Deneuve, and Karin Viard
Karin Viard
at the 2000 César Award
César Award
Ceremony

The César Awards replaced the Étoile de cristal (fr), which was awarded from 1955 to 1975. Other prizes had been awarded to French cinema in the past. From 1934 to 1986, the Grand prix du cinéma français (fr), established by film pioneer Louis Lumière, was given to one film a year. In the 1950s, the Victoire du cinéma français (fr) was awarded each June. Lacking popular enthusiasm compared to the Étoile de cristal, this award was discontinued after 1964. At the inaugural César Awards, 13 awards were distributed. Today, there are 22 (in nine subcategories). Categories added in recent years include Most Promising Actor/Actress (Meilleur espoir), Best Documentary (Meilleur documentaire) and Best Animated Film (Meilleur film d'animation), while awards honoring the best film poster and best producer have been dropped, as they are now given at a sister ceremony, the Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier (fr). Voting process[edit] Voting for César Awards is conducted through two ballots by mail: the first to establish nominations per category (three to five, depending on the discipline), and the second to decide the winner. Voters are professionals in the field, numbering about 4,000, divided into 12 colleges (actors, directors, writers, technicians, producers, distributors and international vendors, operators, agents artistic, technical industries, casting directors, press officers and members associates). The criteria for voting are: demonstrate a relatively consistent career in film and get a double sponsorship in the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma. Nominees or winners of the previous editions are exempt from these formalities. To aid voters, the Académie identifies each year films released in France
France
and provides a guide to the works and eligible professionals. A DVD set of French or primarily French productions produced during the year is sent in December with the catalog of films to the electors. After the nominations are revealed, at the end of January, special screenings of the nominated films are shown at the Le Balzac cinema in Paris, near the Champs-Élysées. Each year, a special lunch (Déjeuner des nommés aux César du cinéma (fr)) for nominees is held at the famous Fouquet's
Fouquet's
restaurant on the Champs-Élysées, a few weeks before the ceremony.[citation needed] Categories[edit] Merit awards[edit]

Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Most Promising Actor Most Promising Actress Best Adaptation Best Original Screenplay Best First Feature Film

Best Foreign Film Best Animated Film (feature • short) Best Documentary Film Best Short Film Best Cinematography Best Costume Design Best Editing Best Music Written for a Film Best Production Design Best Sound

Special
Special
awards[edit]

Honorary Award Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier Trophée César & Techniques Médaille d’Or

Retired awards[edit]

Best Film from the European Union (2002–2004) Best Poster (1986–1990) Best Producer (1995–1996) Best Writing (Adaptation or Original) (1976–2005) Best French Language Film (1984–1986) Best Documentary Short (1977–1991) Best Fiction Short (1977–1991) Best Animated Short (1977–1990)

Ceremonies[edit]

Edition Date[2] President(s)[3] Host(s)[4] Best Film

1st César Awards 3 April 1976 Jean Gabin Pierre Tchernia Le Vieux Fusil

2nd César Awards 19 February 1977 Lino Ventura Monsieur Klein

3rd César Awards 4 February 1978 Jeanne Moreau Providence

4th César Awards 3 February 1979 Charles Vanel Pierre Tchernia
Pierre Tchernia
and Jean-Claude Brialy L'Argent des autres

5th César Awards 2 February 1980 Jean Marais Pierre Tchernia
Pierre Tchernia
and Peter Ustinov Tess

6th César Awards 31 January 1981 Yves Montand Pierre Tchernia The Last Metro

7th César Awards 27 February 1982 Orson Welles Jacques Martin and Pierre Tchernia Quest for Fire

8th César Awards 26 February 1983 Catherine Deneuve Jean-Claude Brialy La Balance

9th César Awards 3 March 1984 Gene Kelly Léon Zitrone (Tie) À nos amours & Le Bal

10th César Awards 3 February 1985 Simone Signoret Pierre Tchernia My New Partner

11th César Awards 22 February 1986 Madeleine Renaud
Madeleine Renaud
and Jean-Louis Barrault Michel Drucker Three Men and a Cradle

12th César Awards 7 March 1987 Sean Connery Michel Drucker
Michel Drucker
and Pierre Tchernia Thérèse

13th César Awards 12 March 1988 Miloš Forman Michel Drucker
Michel Drucker
and Jane Birkin Au revoir les enfants

14th César Awards 4 March 1989 Peter Ustinov Pierre Tchernia Camille Claudel

15th César Awards 4 March 1990 Kirk Douglas Ève Ruggiéri (fr) Too Beautiful for You

16th César Awards 9 March 1991 Sophia Loren Richard Bohringer Cyrano de Bergerac

17th César Awards 22 February 1992 Michèle Morgan Frédéric Mitterrand Tous les Matins du Monde

18th César Awards 8 March 1993 Marcello Mastroianni Savage Nights

19th César Awards 26 February 1994 Gérard Depardieu Fabrice Luchini
Fabrice Luchini
and Clémentine Célarié Smoking / No Smoking

20th César Awards 25 February 1995 Alain Delon Jean-Claude Brialy
Jean-Claude Brialy
and Pierre Tchernia Wild Reeds

21st César Awards 3 February 1996 Philippe Noiret Antoine de Caunes La Haine

22nd César Awards 8 February 1997 Annie Girardot Ridicule

23rd César Awards 28 February 1998 Juliette Binoche Same Old Song

24th César Awards 6 March 1999 Isabelle Huppert The Dreamlife of Angels

25th César Awards 19 February 2000 Alain Delon Alain Chabat Venus Beauty Institute

26th César Awards 24 February 2001 Daniel Auteuil Édouard Baer The Taste of Others

27th César Awards 2 March 2002 Nathalie Baye Amélie

28th César Awards 22 February 2003 — Géraldine Pailhas The Pianist

29th César Awards 21 February 2004 Fanny Ardant Gad Elmaleh The Barbarian Invasions

30th César Awards 26 February 2005 Isabelle Adjani Games of Love and Chance

31st César Awards 25 February 2006 Carole Bouquet Valérie Lemercier The Beat That My Heart Skipped

32nd César Awards 24 February 2007 Claude Brasseur Lady Chatterley

33rd César Awards 22 February 2008 Jean Rochefort Antoine de Caunes The Secret of the Grain

34th César Awards 27 February 2009 Charlotte Gainsbourg Séraphine

35th César Awards 27 February 2010 Marion Cotillard Valérie Lemercier
Valérie Lemercier
and Gad Elmaleh A Prophet

36th César Awards 25 February 2011 Jodie Foster Antoine de Caunes Of Gods and Men

37th César Awards 24 February 2012 Guillaume Canet The Artist

38th César Awards 22 February 2013 Jamel Debbouze Amour

39th César Awards 28 February 2014 François Cluzet Cécile de France Me, Myself and Mum

40th César Awards 20 February 2015 Dany Boon Édouard Baer Timbuktu

41st César Awards 26 February 2016 Claude Lelouch Florence Foresti Fatima

42nd César Awards 24 February 2017 — Jérôme Commandeur Elle

43rd César Awards 2 March 2018 Vanessa Paradis Manu Payet BPM (Beats per Minute)

Trivia[edit] Films which received five or more César Awards[edit]

Film Year Noms. Wins

Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 13 10

The Last Metro 1980 12 10

A Prophet 2009 13 9

The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005 10 8

All the World's Mornings 1991 11 7

Goodbye, Children 1987 9 7

The Pianist 2002 10 7

Providence 1977 8 7

Same Old Song 1997 12 7

Séraphine 2008 9 7

Timbuktu 2015 8 7

The Artist 2012 10 6

Thérèse 1986 10 6

Lady Chatterley 2007 9 5

Queen Margot 1994 12 5

Camille Claudel 1988 12 5

Smoking/No Smoking 1993 9 5

Too Beautiful For You 1989 11 5

A Very Long Engagement 2004 12 5

La Vie en Rose 2007 11 5

Amour 2013 10 5

Me, Myself and Mum 2014 10 5

Films which received 10 or more César Award
César Award
nominations[edit]

Film Year Noms. Wins

Amélie 2001 13 4

Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 13 10

Subway 1985 13 3

A Prophet 2009 13 9

Polisse 2012 13 2

Camille redouble 2013 13 0

See You Up There 2018 13 5

BPM (Beats per Minute) 2018 13 6

8 Women 2002 12 0

The Last Metro 1980 12 10

Tchao Pantin 1984 12 5

Camille Claudel 1988 12 5

Queen Margot 1994 12 5

Ridicule 1996 12 4

Same Old Song 1997 12 7

A Very Long Engagement 2004 12 5

The Minister 2012 12 3

All the World's Mornings 1991 11 7

Nelly and Mr. Arnaud 1995 11 2

A Secret 2007 11 1

À l'origine 2009 11 1

Of Gods and Men 2010 11 3

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train 1998 11 3

Too Beautiful for You 1989 11 5

La Vie en Rose 2007 11 5

Marguerite 2016 11 4

Elle 2017 11 2

Frantz 2017 11 1

My Golden Days 2016 11 1

Public Enemy Number One 2008 10 3

The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005 10 8

Clean Up 1981 10 0

The Pianist 2002 10 7

Thérèse 1986 10 6

Welcome 2009 10 0

The Artist 2012 10 6

Farewell, My Queen 2013 10 3

Amour 2013 10 5

Me, Myself and Mum 2014 10 5

Saint Laurent 2015 10 1

C'est la vie! 2018 10 0

Directors with two or more awards[edit]

Director Noms. Wins.

Roman Polanski 4 4

Alain Resnais 8 2

Bertrand Tavernier 7 2

Jacques Audiard 6 2

Jean-Jacques Annaud 4 2

Claude Sautet 4 2

Abdellatif Kechiche 3 2

Actors with 7 or more nominations[edit]

Actor/Actress Noms. Wins

Gérard Depardieu 17 2

Isabelle Huppert 16 2

Catherine Deneuve 14 2

Daniel Auteuil 13 2

Nathalie Baye 10 4

Catherine Frot 10 2

Karin Viard 10 2

Fabrice Luchini 10 1

Miou-Miou 10 1

Juliette Binoche 10 1

Dominique Blanc 9 4

François Cluzet 9 1

Isabelle Adjani 8 5

Emmanuelle Béart 8 1

Sandrine Kiberlain 8 1

Michel Serrault 8 3

André Dussollier 7 3

Marion Cotillard 7 2

Charlotte Gainsbourg 7 1

Jean-Pierre Marielle 7 0

"Big Five" winners and nominees[edit] Winners[edit]

The Last Metro
The Last Metro
(1980)

Best Film: The Last Metro Best Director: François Truffaut Best Actor: Gérard Depardieu Best Actress: Catherine Deneuve Best Writing: Suzanne Schiffman and François Truffaut

Amour (2013)

Best Film: Amour Best Director: Michael Haneke Best Actor: Jean-Louis Trintignant Best Actress: Emmanuelle Riva Best Writing: Michael Haneke

Nominees[edit] Four awards won

Smoking/No Smoking
Smoking/No Smoking
(1993): Best Actress (Sabine Azéma) Too Beautiful for You
Too Beautiful for You
(1989): Best Actor (Gérard Depardieu)

Three awards won

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990): best Actress (Anne Brochet) and Writing ( Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
and Jean-Paul Rappeneau) Same Old Song
Same Old Song
(1997): best Actress (Sabine Azéma) and Director (Alain Resnais)

Most acting wins and nominations for a film[edit]

Total Wins Film Actors

7 1 Polisse Actress: Marina Foïs
Marina Foïs
and Karin Viard Supporting Actor: Nicolas Duvauchelle, JoeyStarr
JoeyStarr
and Frédéric Pierrot Supporting Actress: Karole Rocher Promising Actress Naidra Ayadi
Naidra Ayadi
(won)

7 0 Camille redouble Actress: Noémie Lvovsky Supporting Actor: Samir Guesmi
Samir Guesmi
and Michel Vuillermoz Supporting Actress: Judith Chemla
Judith Chemla
and Yolande Moreau Promising Actress Julia Faure
Julia Faure
and India Hair

5 3 Same Old Song Actor: André Dussollier
André Dussollier
(won) Actress: Sabine Azéma Supporting Actor: Jean-Pierre Bacri (won) Supporting Actress: Agnès Jaoui
Agnès Jaoui
(won) and Lambert Wilson

4 3 Queen Margot Actress: Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(won) Supporting Actor: Jean-Hugues Anglade
Jean-Hugues Anglade
(won) Supporting Actress: Dominique Blanc
Dominique Blanc
and Virna Lisi
Virna Lisi
(won)

4 2 The Last Metro Actor: Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(won) Actress: Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(won) Supporting Actor: Heinz Bennent Supporting Actress: Andréa Ferréol

4 1 Elle Actress: Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(won) Supporting Actor: Laurent Lafitte Supporting Actress: Anne Consigny Promising Actor: Jonas Bloquet

4 1 La Famille Bélier Actor: François Damiens Actress: Karin Viard Supporting Actor: Éric Elmosnino Promising Actress: Louane Emera
Louane Emera
(won)

4 1 Too Beautiful for You Actor: Gérard Depardieu Actress: Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko
and Carole Bouquet
Carole Bouquet
(won) Supporting Actor: Roland Blanche

4 0 Amélie Actress: Audrey Tautou Supporting Actor: Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze
and Rufus Supporting Actress: Isabelle Nanty

3 2 Amour Actor: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(won) Actress: Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(won) Supporting Actress: Isabelle Huppert

3 2 What's in a Name Actor: Patrick Bruel Supporting Actor: Guillaume de Tonquédec
Guillaume de Tonquédec
(won) Supporting Actress: Valérie Benguigui
Valérie Benguigui
(won)

3 1 Camille Claudel Actor: Gérard Depardieu Actress: Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(won) Supporting Actor: Alain Cuny

3 1 Hippocrate Actor: Vincent Lacoste Supporting Actor: Reda Kateb
Reda Kateb
(won) Supporting Actress: Marianne Denicourt

3 1 La Vie en rose Actress: Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(won) Supporting actor: Pascal Greggory Supporting Actress: Sylvie Testud

3 1 Yves Saint Laurent Actor: Pierre Niney
Pierre Niney
(won) Supporting Actor: Guillaume Gallienne Supporting Actress: Charlotte Le Bon

3 1 It's Only the End of the World Actor: Gaspard Ulliel
Gaspard Ulliel
(won) Supporting Actor: Vincent Cassel Supporting Actress: Nathalie Baye

3 0 Ridicule Actor: Charles Berling Supporting Actor: Bernard Giraudeau
Bernard Giraudeau
and Jean Rochefort

3 0 Saint Laurent Actor: Gaspard Ulliel Supporting Actor: Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel
and Jérémie Renier

See also[edit]

Lumières Award Louis Delluc Prize Academy Awards British Academy Film Awards

References[edit]

^ "The César Ceremony", Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma ^ "Dates, les lieux et les diffuseurs" (PDF). Académie des César. Retrieved 17 March 2015.  ^ "Présidences de Cérémonie" (PDF). Académie des César. Retrieved 17 March 2015.  ^ "Maîtres de Cérémonie" (PDF). Académie des César. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to César Awards.

Official website César Award
César Award
on IMDb

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César Awards

Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma (founded by Georges Cravenne)

Merit awards

Best Film Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Most Promising Actor Most Promising Actress Best Adaptation Best Original Screenplay Best First Feature Film Best Foreign Film Best Animated Feature Film Best Animated Short Film Best Documentary Film Best Short Film Best Cinematography Best Costume Design Best Editing Best Original Music Best Sound Best Production Design

Special
Special
awards

Honorary Award Prix Daniel Toscan du Plantier Trophée César & Techniques Médaille d’Or

Retired awards

Best Film from the European Union (2002–2004) Best Poster (1986–1990) Best Producer (1995–1996) Best Writing (Adaptation or Original) (1976–2005) Best French Language Film (1984–1986) Best Documentary Short (1977–1991) Best Fiction Short (1977–1991)

Award ceremonies

1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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Presidents of the César Awards ceremonies

Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1976) Lino Ventura
Lino Ventura
(1977) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1978) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1979) Jean Marais
Jean Marais
(1980) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
(1981) Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1982) Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(1983) Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(1984) Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
(1985) Madeleine Renaud
Madeleine Renaud
and Jean-Louis Barrault
Jean-Louis Barrault
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1988) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1989) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1990) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1991) Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1992) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1994) Alain Delon
Alain Delon
(1995) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1996) Annie Girardot
Annie Girardot
(1997) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1998) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(1999) Alain Delon
Alain Delon
(2000) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(2001) Nathalie Baye
Nathalie Baye
(2002) — (2003) Fanny Ardant
Fanny Ardant
(2004) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(2005) Carole Bouquet
Carole Bouquet
(2006) Claude Brasseur
Claude Brasseur
(2007) Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort
(2008) Charlotte Gainsbourg
Charlotte Gainsbourg
(2009) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2010) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2011) Guillaume Canet
Guillaume Canet
(2012) Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze
(2013) François Cluzet
François Cluzet
(2014) Dany Boon
Dany Boon
(2015) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
(2016) – (2017)

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Major film awards by countries

Africa

Ghana Movie Awards (Ghana) Africa Movie Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(Nigeria) South African Film and Television Awards (South Africa)

Asia

Central

Didor International Film Festival (Tajikistan)

East

Golden Rooster Awards, Hong Kong Film Award, Hundred Flowers Awards and Huabiao Awards (China) Japan Academy Prize (Japan) Grand Bell Awards
Grand Bell Awards
and Blue Dragon Film Awards (South Korea) Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan)

South

National Film Awards, Meril Prothom Alo Awards, Bachsas Awards (Bangladesh) Filmfare Awards, Filmfare Awards South, Filmfare Awards East, National Film Awards (India) Lux Style Awards, ARY Film Awards
ARY Film Awards
and Nigar Awards
Nigar Awards
(Pakistan)

Southeast

Myanmar Motion Picture Awards (Burma) Indonesian Film Festival and Indonesian Movie Actor Awards (Indonesia) Malaysia Film Festival (Malaysia) FAMAS Award, Gawad Urian and Luna Award
Luna Award
(Philippines) Suphannahong Awards (Thailand) Golden Lotus Awards and Golden Kite Prize (Vietnam)

West

Fajr International Film Festival
Fajr International Film Festival
(Iran) Ophir Award (Israel) International Antalya Film Festival
International Antalya Film Festival
(Turkey)

Europe

East

Czech Lion Awards (Czech Republic) Polish Film Awards
Polish Film Awards
(Poland) Nika Award (Russia) Sun in a Net Awards (Slovakia) Golden Dzyga (Ukraine)

North

Robert Awards and Bodil Awards (Denmark) Jussi Awards
Jussi Awards
(Finland) Irish Film & Television Awards (Ireland) Amanda Award
Amanda Award
(Norway) Guldbagge Awards
Guldbagge Awards
(Sweden) British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
(United Kingdom)

South

Heart of Sarajevo
Heart of Sarajevo
(Bosnia and Herzegovina) Golden Arena Awards (Croatia) Hellenic Film Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(Greece) David di Donatello
David di Donatello
and Nastro d'Argento (Italy) Golden Camera Awards (Macedonia) Sophia Awards (Portugal) Goya Awards (Spain)

West

Magritte Award (Belgium) César Award
César Award
and Lumières Award (France) Deutscher Filmpreis (Germany) Golden Calf (Netherlands) Swiss Film Award (Switzerland)

North America

Canadian Screen Awards
Canadian Screen Awards
(Canada) Ariel Award (Mexico) Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(United States)

Oceania

AACTA Awards
AACTA Awards
(Australia) New Zealand film and television awards (New Zealand)

South America

Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences Awards (Argentina) Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (Brazil) Golden Precolumbian

.