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Isabelle Huppert to Be Honored for ‘Elle’ by Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Isabelle Huppert will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award for her role in Paul Verhoeven’s psychological thriller “Elle.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony on Feb. 8 at the Arlington Theater.

“She’s one of the greatest actors ever, and her legacy to cinema is unparalleled,” SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said. “Any film that includes Ms. Huppert is without a doubt immediately worth watching. She elevates any work — she’s elevated cinema. It’s overdue to celebrate this giant.”

Huppert has credits on more than 100 film and television productions since her debut in 1971’s “Le Prussien.” With 15 noms, she is the most nominated actress for France’s César, winning in 1995 for “La Cérémonie.”

Huppert received a Gotham Independent Film Award for best actress for her role in “Elle.” She also won best actress awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle for her performances in “Elle” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.” “Elle” was selected as the French entry for the best foreign language film for the 89th Academy Awards

Past recipients of the Montecito Award include Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

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