The entire board of directors behind the "French Oscar" today announced its resignation.
This comes amid controversy over Roman Polanski's new nominations for the Cesar awards and concerns over how the academy was being run.
The resignation comes just two weeks before the award ceremony on February 28. A new council will be elected the following day.
Polanski, involved in new rape charges, had his new film, An Officer and a Spy, nominated for 12 caesarians.
Alain Terzian, who headed the French film academy, said at the time that he should not take moral stand on awarding.
"To honor those who made cinema in 2019, recover their serenity and ensure that the film festival remains a celebration, the board of directors of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Techniques) decided unanimously to resign ". said the academy in a statement posted on Twitter by AFP journalist Jean-Francois Guyot.
"This collective resignation will allow us to proceed with the complete renewal of the administration."
Franck Riester, French Minister of Culture, commented on the news and said that the new board of directors will have to represent cinema in "all its diversity".
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