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Friday February 24th, 2017

Oscars 2017: Isabelle Huppert Could Become the Third-Oldest Best Actress Winner Ever

Isabelle Huppert in 'Elle' (Courtesy: SBS Productions)

Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle’ (Courtesy: SBS Productions)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

With the 89th Academy Awards right around the corner, it seems that the best actress category contains one of the tightest races with Emma Stone going head to head against Isabelle Huppert. While the La La Land ingénue is considered the favorite to take home the trophy, it’s the esteemed legend from Elle who would be the one making history. At 63 years of age — just shy of her 64th birthday — the French thespian would become the category’s third-oldest winner at the Oscars.

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Friday February 17th, 2017

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Isabelle Huppert (‘Elle’)

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

“On the one hand they are extremely close to me, and on the other hand they have nothing to do with me,” the actress Isabelle Huppert says of the many characters that she’s played, as we sit down at the San Ysidro Ranch near Santa Barbara to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. The Frenchwoman — an Oscar nominee for the first time, at the age of 63, for her portrayal of a rape survivor in Paul Verhoeven‘s 2016 French-language drama Elle — continues, “I have nothing to do with this woman from Elle who runs a video game company — I don’t even know myself how to work my computer — so I’m completely far from the character. I’m not a philosophy teacher [as in Things to Come, her other 2016 film], I never killed my father or my mother [as in 1978’s Violette], so I have nothing to do with my characters. But yet, I’m completely my characters, emotionally.”

Often described as ‘the French Meryl Streep,’ Huppert has appeared in more films that were part of the Cannes Film Festival’s lineup than any other performer in history, and twice has won the fest’s best actress award. She has received 16 nominations for France’s Cesar Award, more than any other actress in its history, and won once. And this year, en route to the Oscars, she was awarded — for her performance in Elle and, in several cases, also her performance in Things to Come — the best actress Gotham, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Golden Globe awards and nominated for best actress Critics’ Choice, European Film and Cesar awards. That’s quite a year.

(Click below to listen to this episode or here to access all of our 125+ episodes via iTunes. Past guests include Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Lady Gaga, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, Will Smith, Jennifer LopezLouis C.K., Kristen Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, Sally Field, Jerry Seinfeld, Jane Fonda, Lin-Manuel MirandaKate Winslet, Michael Moore, Helen Mirren, J.J. Abrams, Taraji P. Henson, Warren Beatty, Kate Beckinsale, Michael EisnerBrie Larson, Sting, Natalie Portman, RuPaul, Sheila Nevins, Justin Timberlake, Lily Collins, Ryan Reynolds, Jessica Chastain, Tracy Morgan, Alicia Vikander, James Corden, Lily Tomlin, Eddie Redmayne, Sarah Silverman, Michael Keaton, Charlotte Rampling, Tyler Perry, Isabelle Huppert, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Emma Stone and Denzel Washington.)

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Friday January 20th, 2017

How Often Is the Best Actress Category a Majority Of Women Age 50 Or Older?

'Florence Foster Jenkins' (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ (Courtesy: Paramount Pictures)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

Not only is the best actress race extremely competitive this year, but it could also shape up to be one of the oldest collection of talents in Oscar history. Should the stars align correctly, this could be just the second time there have been three or more actresses in the category who were aged 50 or older. Let’s take a look at the one time before and see how it might be happening again.

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Thursday January 12th, 2017

Isabelle Huppert May Receive First-Ever Oscar Nomination — Other Greats Who Also Have Zero

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

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?

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Tuesday December 20th, 2016

Oscars 2017: This Year’s Top 15 Oscar-Worthy Films Premiered at Which Festivals?

'Moonlight' (Courtesy: A24)

‘Moonlight’ (Courtesy: A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

The current Oscar race is turning into a real bloodbath, with a handful of films showing up in the discussion for Hollywood’s top prizes. This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists 15 movies as frontrunners in vying for the top categories across best picture, best director, and best acting categories for the top. When did these works debut at film festivals and, is there an overwhelming time of the year that seems to have churned out more buzz?

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Friday December 9th, 2016

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Elle’ Star Isabelle Huppert Tapped for Montecito Award

Isabelle Huppert in 'Elle' (Courtesy: Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle’ (Courtesy: Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

Isabelle Huppert, one of the leading lights of French cinema for the past 40-plus years and the star of France’s 2016 Oscar submission Elle, has been tapped to receive the Montecito Award at the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest’s organizers announced Friday.

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Thursday December 1st, 2016

Can Isabelle Huppert Overcome the Language Barrier to Score an Oscar Nomination For ‘Elle’?

Isabelle Huppert in 'Elle' (Courtesy: Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions/Sony Pictures Classics)

Isabelle Huppert in ‘Elle’ (Courtesy: Guy Ferrandis/SBS Productions/Sony Pictures Classics)

By: Carson Blackwelder
Managing Editor

One potential surprise in the current best actress race would be the first-ever nomination and/or win of Isabelle Huppert. The leading lady has turned in yet another stellar performance — this time for Elle, France’s submission for best foreign language film this year — and there are is speculation that the Academy might finally give Huppert the recognition she so deserves.

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Monday October 11th, 2010

WHERE DOES JENNIFER LAWRENCE FIT IN THE CROWDED BEST ACTRESS RACE?

Jennifer Lawrence, the 20-year-old actress who gives a standout performance in Debra Granik’s 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize (Drama) winner “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, trailer), was one of the first names to register on pundits’ awards radars this year. As the months have ticked by, though, and with the emergence of nearly two dozen viable contenders in the best actress field, Lawrence — who, prior to “Winter’s Bone,” was best known for her work in Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain” (2008), for which she received the Venice Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress — has largely faded from the awards discussion.

I think that this may prove to be a grievous mistake on the part of prognosticators. There’s no denying that she’s up against a host of performances by bigger name actresses in higher profile films with much later release dates and bigger awards budgets, just as there’s no way around the fact that she’s up against a very daunting statistic: only one actress her age or younger has ever been nominated in the category (Keisha Castle-Hughes for “Whale Rider” in 2003). But, that being said, there are also a number of reasons to believe that she could still manage to snag one of the category’s five coveted spots.

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Friday September 17th, 2010

YOUR DAILY FIX OF OSCAR: 9/17/10

  • Deadline New York: Mike Fleming confirms Lionsgate’s second big purchase out of the Toronto International Film Festival following their earlier deal for Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator“: John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” for which the studio intends to mount best picture and best actress (Nicole Kidman) campaigns.
  • New York Times: Michael Cieply hears Casey Affleck‘s confession that his new doc “I’m Still Here,” which chronicles the shocking mental and physical devolution of his brother-in-law/Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix (and was panned at both Venice and Toronto), was nothing more than performance art.
  • In Contention: Kris Tapley returns from a screening of the controversial doc “Catfish,” which Universal picked up out of Sundance earlier this year and is releasing in theaters today, and argues that it is “just as defining of where we are as a society” as “The Social Network.”
  • 24 Frames: Steven Zeitchik thinks that Clint Eastwood‘s “Hereafter” may finally put a stop to his recent cold-streak at the Oscars (“Changeling,” “Gran Torino,” and “Invictus” all failed to live up to expectations), ignoring the fact that the film has already been widely pummeled by critics.
  • Thompson on Hollywood: Anne Thompson learns that the North American rights for Pedro Almodovar‘s “The Skin That I Inhabit,” which will star star Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya and be released in November 2011, have been acquired by Sony Pictures classics, marking the 10th collaboration between the director and the studio.
  • Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells posts the recently-released one-sheet for Edward Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs” and says it “conveys comfort, ease, self-satisfaction [but] certainly doesn’t indicate heavy-osity. It seems to be saying, “All that ‘this movie is really exceptional’ and ‘[Anne] Hathaway kills as a Parkinson’s sufferer’ stuff you were reading about earlier this year? Maybe or maybe not.”
  • The Hollywood Reporter: Etan Viessing describes the Toronto International Film Festival’s “traditional role as a festival launching pad for foreign-language films,” and explains why it is particularly appreciated by foreign filmmakers this year.
  • The Wrap: Daniel Frankel shares the specifics of the rather unique pricing model that Magnolia and the Green Film Company announced will be in effect for their upcoming documentary “Freakonomics.”
  • The Playlist: Kevin Jagernauth says that IFC Films has made a decision to “play with fire” (read: Harvey Weinstein) by picking up the worldwide rights to Barry Avrich’s documentary “Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project.”
  • PopWatch: Annie Barrett questions all the fuss surrounding Gabby Sidibe’s Elle cover photo, which some suspect was touched up to lighten her skin color.
  • The Bay Citizen: Scott James reports on Oscar winner/feminist icon (thanks to “Thelma & Louise”) Geena Davis’s crusade against gender bias in entertainment and the media, noting that a study by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media has found that “there were three male characters for every one female” in G-rated movies from the past 15 years.
  • Twitter: Perez Hilton, “The Queen of Mean,” gives a Twitter-shoutout to Melena Ryzik, “The Carpetbagger.” There’s got to be a story — literally and figuratively — behind that.

Photo: A scene from the controversial new doc “Catfish.” Credit: Universal.