Emmanuelle Riva makes Oscar history at 85 years old

Emmanuelle Riva makes Oscar history at 85 years oldAn 85-year-old woman will be making Oscar history this weekend as the oldest person to be nominated for one of the prestigious acting awards. Emmanuelle Riva will be taking her seat in chairs for the elderly this Sunday at the Academy awards for her role in Amour.

Emmanuelle’s performance as Anne in Michael Hanke’s critically-acclaimed French film Amour has seen her win praise as early as its screening at theCannesfilm festival in May 2012, and she is now up for one of the biggest awards in her acting career: Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2013 Oscars. Her nomination has made history as the oldest person to be nominated at the awards, and if she wins the coveted Oscar then she will be the oldest person to win an Oscar too.

Praise for her role in Amour has led many critics to say that Emmanuelle has a good chance of winning the award and that her younger counterparts have plenty to be worried about. The Academy Awards will be held on Sunday 24 February, a date that will also happen to be Riva’s 86th birthday.

 

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