Isabelle Huppert talks Oscar prospects and challenging rape drama 'Elle'

Isabelle Huppert talks Oscar prospects and challenging rape drama 'Elle'
“I’ll let myself be surprised, as my good friend Michael Haneke would say,” says French actress about Oscar prospects.

There has been growing buzz in recent weeks around Isabelle Huppert’s chances of clinching Best Actress at the 2017 Oscars for her multi-layered performance as a woman who turns the tables on a rapist in Paul Verhoeven’s French-language thriller Elle.

The French actress – who counts one Bafta, two Palme d’Or, a shared Silver Lion and a slew of life-time achievement tributes among the 60-odd awards she has won over her 40-year career – has never made it to the Academy Award nomination stage before.

But there appears to be a groundswell of feeling at home and in Los Angeles that this should be her year.

A win would come on the back of a high-profile 12 months on the international festival circuit for Huppert, linked to her appearances in Elle as well as French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love
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