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French Actress Isabelle Huppert is Surprise Golden Globe Winner for Rape Film "Elle"

Dwight Casimere | 1/17/2017, noon
Among the biggest surprises of the night at the Golden Globes was Isabelle Huppert’s win in the category of actress ...

Among the biggest surprises of the night at the Golden Globes was Isabelle Huppert’s win in the category of actress in a motion picture, drama for her role in the provocative  thriller “Elle.” The French actress beat out competition from Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Ruth Negga and Natalie Portman. Director Paul Verhoeven also won a Golden Globe for Director of the Best Foreign Film. The film has largely been snubbed by Hollywood because of its controversial subject of violent rape.

With a career that now stretches back more than 40 years, Huppert is widely recognized as one of the most formidable screen presences in the world, able to convey steely conviction, sensual ambiguity and a broken fragility in equal measure. Yet she had never before been nominated for a Golden Globe.

She made her reputation as a go-to actress for high-profile European filmmakers such as Bertrand Blier, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Michael Haneke. Arguably her best-known role up to now was in Haneke’s 2001 film “The Piano Teacher,” for which she won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival. She made her English-language debut in Michael Cimino’s ill-fated 1980 epic “Heaven’s Gate.” "Elle" was premiered at both the Chicago and New York Film Festivals.