1st Magritte Awards

The 1st Magritte Awards ceremony, presented by the Académie André Delvaux, honored the best films of 2010 in Belgium and took place on 5 February 2011 at the Square in the historic site of Mont des Arts, Brussels, beginning at 7:30 p.m. CET. During the ceremony, the Académie André Delvaux presented Magritte Awards in twenty categories. The ceremony, televised in Belgium by BeTV, was produced by José Bouquiaux and directed by Vincent J. Gustin.[1] Film director Jaco Van Dormael presided the ceremony, while actress Helena Noguerra hosted the evening.[2] The pre-show ceremony was hosted by film director Fabrice Du Welz.[1]

1st Magritte Awards
Official poster
Date5 February 2011 (2011-02-05)
Mont des Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Hosted byHelena Noguerra
Produced byJosé Bouquiaux
Directed byVincent J. Gustin
Best FilmMr. Nobody
Most awardsMr. Nobody (6)
Most nominationsIllegal (8)
Television coverage

Mr. Nobody won six awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Jaco Van Dormael.[3] Other winners included Illegal, Private Lessons, and A Town Called Panic with two awards each, and The Barons, The Boat Race, Looking for Eric, Paths of Memory, Sleepless Night, and Soeur Sourire with one.


In 2010, the Académie André Delvaux was established by Patrick Quinet, president of the Francophone Film Producers Association (UPFF), and Luc Jabon, president of Pro Spère, to unite the five branches of the film industry: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers.[4] It aims to recognize excellence in Belgian francophone cinematic achievements in order to have a Belgian counterpart of the French César Awards.[5] Charly Herscovici, who created the Magritte Foundation, allowed the academy to use the name of the Belgian artist René Magritte.[6]

Overseen by the Académie André Delvaux, the Magritte Awards replace the Joseph Plateau Awards, which were disestablished in 2007.[7] During the first ceremony, 18 merit categories and two special awards were presented, honoring artists, directors and other personalities of the film industry for their works during the 2009–2010 period.[5]

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 1st Magritte Awards were announced on 13 January 2011 at the Square in Mont des Arts, Brussels, by Patrick Quinet and Luc Jabon, co-presidents of the Académie André Delvaux.[8] Illegal received the most nominations with eight total, followed by Mr. Nobody and Private Lessons with seven each.[9] The nominees for the Magritte Awards for Best Short Film and Best Documentary Film were announced on December 29, 2010.[10]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on 5 February 2011.[11] Mr. Nobody won six awards, the most for the ceremony: Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for Jaco Van Dormael, Best Cinematography for Christophe Beaucarne, Best Original Score for Pierre Van Dormael, and Best Editing for Matyas Veress. Illegal and Private Lessons received two acting awards apiece. A Town Called Panic received two technical awards. On 25 January 2011 the Honorary Magritte Award was bestowed posthumously to André Delvaux.[12]


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[13]

Best Film Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Most Promising Actor Most Promising Actress
Best Film in Coproduction Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Production Design Best Costume Design
Best Original Score Best Sound
  • A Town Called Panic – Benoît Biral, Valene Leroy, Julien Paschal, and Fred Pie
    • Illegal – Marc Bastien, François Dumont, and Thomas Gauder
    • Mr. Nobody – Emmanuel de Boissieu, Frédéric Demolder, and Dominique Warniert
Best Short Film Best Documentary Film

Honorary Magritte Award

Audience Award

Films with multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. "Une grande salle et un petit écran" (in French). Académie André Delvaux. February 4, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  2. "Magritte du cinéma: les nominés sont connus". L'Avenir (in French). January 14, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. "Le cinéma belge était à l'honneur lors de la Première édition des Magritte du cinéma belge francophone". Moniteur du film (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  4. Denis, Fernand (October 13, 2010). "André Delvaux, l'œuvre au jour". La Libre Belgique (in French). Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  5. Bradfer, Fabienne (January 14, 2011). "Les Magritte du cinéma à l'image des César". Le Soir (in French). Archived from the original on January 24, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  6. "Les Magritte du cinéma" (in French). Académie André Delvaux. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  7. Engelen, Aurore (October 1, 2010). "Race is on for Magritte Awards". Cineuropa. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  8. "Le cinéma belge à l'honneur lors de la 1ère Cérémonie des Magritte du cinéma". La Libre Belgique (in French). January 13, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  9. Engelen, Aurore (January 14, 2011). "Magritte Awards shine spotlight on Belgian Francophone cinema". Cineuropa. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  10. "Les courts métrages et documentaires sont en ligne!" (in French). Académie André Delvaux. December 29, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  11. ""Mr. Nobody" sacré lors des premiers "Magritte du Cinéma"". La Libre Belgique (in French). February 5, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  12. "Un Magritte d'honneur pour Delvaux". La Libre Belgique (in French). February 2, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  13. Lamourette, Camille (February 7, 2011). "Les "Magritte" du cinéma: première édition" (in French). AlloCiné. Retrieved January 11, 2014.

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