After taking the Golden Globe for Best Actress on January 8 for her magnificent performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Isabelle Huppert is now in the running for a much coveted Oscar award as well as a César, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. Huppert faces tough Oscar competition from some of Hollywood’s most respected actresses including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Ruth Negga. If she wins on February 24, Huppert will be only the second French actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a non-English speaking role since Marion Cottillard in 2007 for La Mome.
Meanwhile the César awards later this month are still without a president after Roman Polanski was forced to step down following controversy over his appointment. Huppert is again in line for a Best Actress award for Elle alongside Judith Chelma (Une Vie), Virgine Efira (Victoria), Marion Cotillard (Mal de pierres), Marina Fois (Irréprochable), Soko (La Danseuse) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (La fille de Brest)
Best Actor nominees include Gaspard Ulliel (Juste la fin du monde), Omar Sy (Chocolat), François Cluzet (Médecin de campagne), Pierre Niney (Frantz), Nicolas Duvauchelle (Je ne suis pas un salaud), Pierre Deladonchamps (Le fils de Jean) and Fabrice Luchini (Ma Loute).
Divines, Elle, Frantz, Les innocentes, Mal de pierres and Victoria will all battle it out for Best Film while Paul Verhoeven (Elle) and Houda Benyamina (Divines) are up for a Best Director award. They are joined by Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama), Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper) and Bruno Dumont (Ma Loute).