Isabelle Huppert May Receive First-Ever Oscar Nomination — Other Greats Who Also Have Zero
By: Carson Blackwelder
The best actress Oscar race might seem like a showdown between La La Land’s Emma Stone and Jackie’s Natalie Portman, but Elle’s Isabelle Huppert is proving to be quite the upset. Should Huppert actually snag an Oscar nomination this year, shockingly it would be a first for the French thespian. If Huppert has flown under the Academy’s radar, who else out there is considered the best of the best and hasn’t had a chance to win Hollywood’s biggest award?
Our latest indication of Huppert’s surprise domination this awards season was at the Golden Globes when the 63-year-old won for best actress in a drama and bested Portman — Stone was nominated for best actress in a musical or comedy. Further catapulting Huppert in the best actress Oscar standings was Elle being named best foreign-language film, something that cannot and will not happen at the Oscars because the Academy omitted it from their annual shortlist.
When it comes to the current standing of the best actress Oscar race, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg has weighed in post-Golden Globes and mid-Academy voting. The big names — Stone and Portman — are listed as frontrunners as well as Amy Adams (Arrival), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), and Huppert. That’s a relatively new turn and could set the ground for quite the unexpected Oscar night — given the track record of other actors and actresses in foreign-language roles at the Oscars — and give the critical darling a major bit of bling.
Thus far, in addition to winning the Golden Globe this past weekend, Huppert won the Gotham Award and a Satellite Award for best actress among others. In addition, Huppert has caught the eye of the Lumières Awards — France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes — for Elle, earning a sixth nomination there and going for a fourth win (not to mention already having taken home an honorary award from them). Better yet? That’s just for Elle, one project on a vast résumé.
This Parisian is the most-recognized woman at the César Awards — France’s equivalent of the Oscars — with 15 nominations and one win across the best actress and best supporting actress categories. Huppert’s nominations for this prestigious award include the following: 1975’s Aloïse, 1977’s La dentellière, 1978’s Violette Nozière, 1980’s Loulou, 1981’s Coup de torchon, 1988’s Une affaire de femmes, 1994’s La séparation, 1995’s La cérémonie, 1998’s L’école de la chair, 2000’s Saint-Cyr, 2001’s La pianiste, 2002’s 8 femmes, 2005’s Gabrielle, 2012’s Amour, and 2015’s Valley of Love. Huppert is basically France’s version of Streep — and could you imagine Streep not having any Oscar nominations? Heck, even Streep has received an honorary César.
Believe it or not, there is quite the list of some of our greatest actors and actresses who have achieved success without ever receiving Oscar attention. Here’s just a taste of those who you might be surprised haven’t ever received an Oscar nomination — ignoring honorary ones and more genre thespians — throughout the years: Lucille Ball, Brigitte Bardot, John Barrymore, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Joseph Cotten, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hope Davis, Mia Farrow, Errol Flynn, Richard Gere, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, John Goodman, Rita Hayworth, Bob Hope, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis, Peter Lorre, Dean Martin, Steve Martin, Ewan McGregor, Marilyn Monroe, Maureen O’Hara, Richard Pryor, Alan Rickman, Isabella Rossellini, Meg Ryan, Martin Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Shirley Temple, and Bruce Willis.
So will Huppert finally get an Oscar nomination this year for Elle? It certainly seems as though that could happen — and we’ll find out officially on January 24. This would be quite the welcome accomplishment for an already accomplished actress, even without getting the ultimate win. Let’s just sit back and see if a nomination — or win — will happen!