Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (French pronunciation: [izabɛl yˈpɛʁ]; born 16 March 1953) is a French actress who has appeared in more than 100 films and television productions since her debut in 1971. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 16 nominations. Huppert was made Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite in 1994 and was promoted to Officier in 2005, and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1999 and was promoted to Officer in 2009.
Huppert’s first César nomination was for the 1975 film Aloïse and she won Best Actress for La Ceremonie (1995) and Elle (2016). She went on to win Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Violette Nozière (1978) and The Piano Teacher (2001) and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for Story of Women (1988) and La Ceremonie as well as a BAFTA for The Lacemaker (1977) .Her other films in France include Loulou (1980), La Séparation (1994), 8 Women (2002), Gabrielle (2005), Amour (2012) and Things to Come (2016). Among international film’s most prolific actresses, Huppert has worked in Italy, Russia, Central Europe, and Asia. Her English-language films include: Heaven’s Gate (1980), I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013), and Louder Than Bombs (2015).
In 2016, Huppert garnered international acclaim for her work in Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle, for which she won a Golden Globe Award, Independent Spirit Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won Best Actress awards from the National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, along with Things to Come.
Huppert is the most nominated actress for the Molière Award, with 7 nominations. She made her London stage debut in the title role of the play Mary Stuart in 1996, and her New York stage debut in a 2005 production of 4.48 Psychosis. She returned to the New York stage in 2009 to perform in Heiner Müller‘s Quartett, and in 2014 to star in a Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids.
Paul Verhoeven’s psychological drama Elle triumphed at the César Awards tonight in Paris, scooping Best Film and Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert. The wins come despite Elle not having made the Foreign Lanuguage Oscar shortlist but as Huppert heads to Los Angeles for tomorrow’s Indie Spirit Awards and Sunday’s Academy Awards where she is also nominated.
Verhoeven spoke only briefly on taking the big prize, reiterating his love for Huppert and turning the mic over to producer Saïd Ben Saïd who said the film wouldn’t have been what it was “without a great filmmaker and an extraordinary actress.” Huppert during her earlier turn on stage credited Verhoeven for making a movie so “audaciously, beautifully and maliciously.”
Elle was not the major winner, however, as two other films brought in three prizes each. Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only The End Of The World, the Grand Prize winner in Cannes, took Best Actor for Gaspard Ulliel as well as Best Director and Editing, both for Dolan.