This prize usually rewards international celebrities or big names in French cinema. Approached, Brad Pitt would have declined the invitation.
This is a first since the creation of the prize in 1976. The 45th ceremony will not award a César of honor this year. As a reminder, this prize often goes to a personality of American or international cinema, even to personalities awarded posthumously or to great French actors. But for the 2020 edition, there should be no honor given to a planetary star, nor an American actor who will come to walk the French red carpet. Last year, actor Robert Redford received this prestigious award, following Penelope Cruz, George Clooney, Michael Douglas and Sean Penn.
Brad Pitt would have been approached by the Academy to receive the César of honor 2020, tells us Le Parisien. The American actor, acclaimed for his role in Once upon a time … in Hollywood, would have accepted at first, before retracting. We do not know the exact reasons for this refusal. Other American stars would have been approached to make up for this change, but they would all have declined the invitation. The Academy facing several controversies, including many criticisms about the functioning of its direction, the concerns were elsewhere. Critics were such that the leadership of this institution collectively resigned. In fact, no time to find a replacement for Brad Pitt. The ceremony will have to do without American glamor this year.