Isabelle Huppert is set to receive the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for her role in Sony Pictures Classics’ Elle. The honor, given to a person who has made a great contribution to film, will be presented February 8 at the Arlington Theatre.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, Elle premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was selected as France’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar race. Huppert’s performance in the psychological thriller has many pegging her for the Best Actress prize. She is off to a promising start with a Gotham Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award in that category.
“She’s one of the greatest actors ever, and her legacy to cinema is unparalleled,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “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.”
The French actress joins a list of 2017 SBIFF honor recipients that includes Warren Beatty with its Kirk Douglas Award, Denzel Washington with the Maltin Modern Master Award, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone with its Outstanding Performers of the Year Award, among others. The 32nd annual fest runs February 1-11.