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Watch: Isabelle Huppert’s IFP Gotham Awards Acceptance Speech

Isabelle Huppert is unquestionably one of the world’s great actresses. She is also, to put it mildly, not known for the warmth or jollity of her roles — she’s played many tough, complicated women utterly unconcerned with being “likable,” and her complex part in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle is no exception. It’s delightful, and completely out of literal character, to see her smiling and laughing in genuine surprise as she accepted the best actress award at last night’s Gothams for the film. “I didn’t expect that to happen, I promise,” she explains. “They all told me, “It’s a very American award, very New Yorker, and you’re French so you’ll never get it.’ […] I feel so American tonight! And I feel good! I really feel good!” 

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