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Warning: mild spoilers follow. The film Elle has no interest in making its viewers comfortable. Instead, the movie opens on a rape scene that is loud, startling, and brutal. Seeing sexual assault on screen is not out of the ordinary in film; what is out of the ordinary about Elle is almost everything happens in the aftermath of the attack. The French movie, helmed by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (yes, he also did Showgirls), had until last month flown relatively under the radar in the United States. Certainly, most people watching the Golden Globes in their living rooms were taken by surprise when star Isabelle Huppert won best actress in a drama at the award ceremony - and many were again surprised when she scored an Oscar nomination on Jan. 24. Now, as the movie garners more and more attention, it's sparking a complicated conversation about rape culture, our ideas about victims and survivors, »
- Lindsay Miller
With Oscar voting currently underway, what better time for the Academy to remember the exemplary work of Best Actress contender and the woman Stephen Colbert recently called “the French Meryl Streep,” Isabelle Huppert? Or maybe you’re like the rest of us, a lowly Huppert connoisseur who just likes to appreciate the French actress’ immense talents.
In a career-spanning video (that still only touches on 50 of the 100+ films she’s worked on), our own sometime-contributor Carlos Aguilar has created a tribute that offers a glimpse at the performances Huppert gave in films such as “La Cérémonie,” “Amour,” “I Heart Huckabees,” and 2016’s “Elle,” which garnered her the Oscar nomination.
“Academy Award-nominated actress, Isabelle Huppert, is one of the most versatile, prolific, and talented performers the world has ever seen,” the video’s description reads. »
- Allison Picurro
With final Academy Award voting coming to an end on Tuesday February 21st, it seems like a good time to champion what has been the most honored performance of the year, and which, if voters are looking in the right place, should be crowned on Oscar Sunday. The race for the Best Actress statuette has been fierce this awards season, but the one actress that has come out on top in more occasions than any other is Isabelle Huppert. For her role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” the revered French icon has earned her first-ever Oscar nomination, and there is no one that deserves to win more than she does. In case there is any doubt that Huppert is at the top of her craft and should be recognized, here are five reasons why “the greatest actress working today” should take home the coveted statuette.
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- Carlos Aguilar
It’s just a few weeks until this year’s Oscars, which means the Hollywood machine is running out of steam to provide “new angles” on various awards season campaigns and Oscar bloggers are trying to squeeze traffic out of last-minute prediction shifts. It’s fitting, then, that around this time every year we get a rather substantial update of one of the most comprehensive polls on the greatest films of all-time, not simply the November/December releases with the biggest marketing budget come Academy Awards time.
That’s right, They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They? has now published their 2017 edition of 1,000 Greatest Films, culled together from an exhaustive list of major publications and critics. Still topped by Citizen Kane, I often find the most interesting portion to be those films that have most moved around, for better or worse, especially those with newfound critical admiration. This year, Terrence Malick »
- Jordan Raup
The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am
This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.
Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.
Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats. »
- Adriana Floridia
Emmanuelle Riva, César, Lumière, and BAFTA Best Actress winner and Oscar nominee for Michael Haneke's Best Foreign Language Film winner Amour died at the age of 89 on Friday, January 27, 2017 in Paris.
Riva's performance with Eiji Okada in Alain Renais' Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959 cuts so sharply to the truth about love and war that even after many viewings it is difficult to fully grasp the film's historical significance, storytelling innovations and stylistic brilliance.
Annette Insdorf, Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia’s School of the Arts, Mademoiselle C director Fabien Constant, and Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words director Stig Björkman sent their remembrances.
"I consider Emmanuelle Riva one of the greatest actors of the past 60 years. I last saw »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
French actress starred in new wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour.
Oscar-nominated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died in Paris aged 89.
In the acclaimed feature, Riva plays an octegenarian music teacher who suffers a series of devastating strokes.
While the actress missed out on the Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence her performance garnered wins at the Céssar and Bafta awards.
Riva shot to fame aged 26 in 1959 new wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour and worked steadily on stage and screen over six decades.
She most recently performed in 2016 Icelandic thriller Alma, which is currently in post-production.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Actor celebrated for her intellectual performances who achieved early success in Hiroshima Mon Amour
For her brave, unsentimental performance as an elderly woman agonisingly declining physically and mentally in Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012), Emmanuelle Riva, who has died aged 89, became the oldest best actress Oscar nominee ever, at 85. It was more than half a century since Riva’s soothing cadenced voice and delicate features had dominated Alain Resnais’ masterful Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959).
In that film, the voice of Riva as Elle is first heard over horrific newsreel images of the victims of the atom bomb, and it is almost 10 minutes into the film before we see her in the arms of her Japanese lover (Eiji Okada), called simply Lui. She is a French actor in Hiroshima, he is an architect. The repeated phrases of their dialogue echo throughout the film written by Marguerite Duras. He says: “You saw nothing in Hiroshima. »
- Ronald Bergan
Variety reports that celebrated French actress Emmanuelle Riva has died, at the age of 89. Over the course of her career, Riva worked with some of the most prominent directors in French and European cinema, with Alain Resnais, Jean-Pierre Melville, Georges Franju, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Michael Haneke all employing her talents. Her work with Haneke, on 2012’s Amour, (besides being both riveting and heartbreaking in its own right) earned her the distinction of being the oldest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress or Best Actor by the Academy Awards.
In her early career, Riva played the mysterious muse, lending wounded passion to her breakout role in Resnais’ philosophical romance, Hiroshima Mon Amour. She played a similar enigma in Franju’s Thérèse Desqueyroux, portraying a woman who lashes out at her hapless husband and unhappy existence in subtle, deadly ways. (Few actresses have ever made walking down the ...
- William Hughes
Emmanuelle Riva, French actress known for her role in “Amour,” died on Friday, January 27, in a Paris clinic from a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvarez Correa, told The Associated Press. She was 89.
French President Francois Hollande said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Riva “deeply marked French cinema” and “created intense emotion in all the roles she played.”
With a career spanning 60 years, Riva received her first Oscar nomination in 2013 for her performance in Michael Haneke’s film “Amour,” about an older couple’s bond of love after one of them suffers a stroke. That same role earned her a BAFTA Award and the prestigious César Award in the Best Actress categories.
“I have always encountered captivating roles and characters. I have often been happy, and still am now, with this exceptional film which happened at the exact moment in my life when I could do it, »
- Liz Calvario
Anne Alvares Correa told the Associate Press that Riva died Friday in a Paris clinic after battling a long illness.
Throughout the course of her six-decade career, Riva appeared in over 70 features. She scored her first lead role in Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour — which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959. She worked with acclaimed directors like Jean-Pierre Melville, Gillo Pontecorvo, Marco Bellocchio, Philippe Garrel, Francois Mauriac, and Krzysztof Kieslowski — playing an Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother »
- Dave Quinn
Emmanuelle Riva, the veteran French actress who became the oldest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history for her role in Michael Haneke’s 2012 drama “Amour,” died Friday at the age of 89, according to the Associated Press. Riva, who died in a Paris clinic after a long illness, launched her 60-year career with an early role in director Alain Resnais’ acclaimed “Hiroshima Mon Amour” in 1959. Other noteworthy movies include the 1959 Oscar nominee “Kapo,” 1961’s “Priest” opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo, and 1993’s “Three Colors: Blue,” in which she played Juliette Binoche’s mother. While she continued to work in both movies and on. »
- Thom Geier
Though Riva started studying theater only in her mid-20s and worked onstage at first, her face and distinctive voice became well known early in her screen career, right after the release of Resnais’ “Hiroshima mon amour,” in which she played her first lead role. The film premiered in Cannes in 1959, and the actress returned to the fest for her last feature, simply titled “Amour,” in 2012. Haneke’s “Amour” went on to win the Palme d’Or, with a special mention for stars Riva and Louis Trintignant. Riva also won best actress for the film at the European Film Awards and the BAFTAs.
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Riva became the oldest nominee in the category ever when »
- Boyd van Hoeij
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Emmanuelle Riva, a French star of screen and stage who was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in 2013, has died. She was 89.
Riva died Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told the Associated Press.
With Riva starring alongside another French movie legend, Jean-Louis Trintignant, the film won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film. They played a loving, elderly Parisian couple, one of whom has a stroke.
Amour also won the »
- Associated Press
Modern audiences know the formidable Riva as the stroke victim in the heartwrenching Amour, but she made her name in the French new wave with powerfully sexual performances
In her 80s, Emmanuelle Riva became an icon for world cinema all over again in the 21st century, playing the retired music teacher Anne in Michael Haneke’s Amour, a devastating study of old age. In a terrifying early scene, Anna appears to suffer a moment of catatonic paralysis, a kind of intensified transient ischemic attack: the chilling forerunner to a stroke.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Emmaunelle Riva, the French actor whose 60 year career came to a triumphant climax with her Oscar nomination for Michael Haneke’s Amour, has died. Riva, who had cancer, died on Friday night in Paris, but was working until last summer, when she made a film, Alma, in Iceland and performed at the Villa Medici in Rome. »
- Catherine Shoard
France’s film community congratulated Isabelle Huppert on her Oscar nomination, adding yet another to her growing list of accolades for her performance in “Elle.” The French Academy announced its nominees for what Americans call the “French Oscars” on Wednesday morning. “Elle” received 11 nominations in total, including best film and best director for Paul Verhoeven.
Following in a close send was Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” which garnered 10 nominations, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” which received nine. Xavier Dolan received a best director nomination for “It’s Only the End of the World.” Actors Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel, and Nathalie Baye were all nominated for their work in Dolan’s film as well.
The Cesars have little import on the Oscars, though there is often some crossover. The French Academy did recognize Kenneth Lonergan »
- Jude Dry
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By: Carson Blackwelder
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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, the current standing of the best actress category has Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle) as frontrunners while Annette Bening (20th Century Women) isn’t too far behind as a major threat. The ages of these women — as of the upcoming Oscar ceremony on February 26 — is as follows: Streep will be 67 years, eight months, »
- Carson Blackwelder
- Sasha Stone
Directed by Shaad Ali
Welcome back, Shaad Ali. It was a Mani Ratnam remake that gave us Shaad, one of the sharpest smartest directors in Saathiya. It is another Mani Ratnam remake that brings Shaad back in form after a string of duds.
Ok Jaanu (ignore the yucky title) is smart, slick heartwarming and utter endearing as Shaad, from material moulded in Mani’s imagination , forges out an urban love story set in the city that gives love a shove for more practical considerations, like making a living and realizing your ambitions.
Meet Adi and Tara, a couple so believable in their exuberant ambitions and the determination to lock their mutual adoration in a chastity belt, that you can’t help feeling exasperated at their blindness to see the obvious.
Yes, love is in the air. It’s »
- Subhash K Jha
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