Oscars 2017: Could Golden Globe win for “Elle” help Paul Verhoeven get nominated for Best Director?

Two of the biggest surprises at Sunday’s Golden Globes came with wins for “Elle” for Best Foreign Language Film and for Best Film Drama Actress (Isabelle Huppert). Huppert is likely to reap an Oscar nomination for her performance as a French businesswoman tracking down the unknown man who raped her, but the film was excluded from the Academy shortlist for their foreign film award. Could that oversight and the Globes win combine to work in the favor of helmer Paul Verhoeven, providing him with a nomination as Best Director?

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It would certainly be an appropriate capper for the Dutch auteur, who at 78-years-old has directed one of his most critically acclaimed films. Verhoeven first came to prominence in his native Holland with the Oscar-nominated “Turkish Delight” (1973) and Golden Globe contender “Soldier of Orange” (1977). He came to America to direct the sci-fi classic “RoboCop” (1987), finding further success with the satirical genre efforts “Total Recall” (1990), “Basic Instinct” (1992), and “Starship Troopers” (1997). He even found time to accept a Razzie Award for “Showgirls” (1995), but chances are he was much happier accepting the Globe on Sunday.

Related: Watch our interview with Paul Verhoeven (‘Elle’)

The directors branch of the Academy is a somewhat small, insular group that often bucks the trends and thinks outside the box. They’ve often cited international filmmakers even if their work fails to make it into the Foreign Language Film category. To date, there have been 28 instances — including Americans Clint Eastwood (“Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006) and Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” in 2007) and Brit Michael Radford (“Il Postino” in 1995) — of these nominations:

  • 1961: Federico Fellini, “La Dolce Vita”
  • 1962: Pietro Germi, “Divorce Italian Style”
  • 1963: Federico Fellini, “8 1/2”
  • 1965: Hiroshi Teshigahara, “Woman in the Dunes”
  • 1966: Claude Lelouch, “A Man and a Woman”
  • 1968: Gillo Pontecorvo, “The Battle of Algiers”
  • 1969: Costa-Gavras, “Z”
  • 1970: Federico Fellini, “Fellini Satyricon”
  • 1972: Jan Troell, “The Emigrants”
  • 1973: Ingmar Bergman, “Cries and Whispers”
  • 1974: Francois Truffaut, “Day for Night”
  • 1975: Federico Fellini, “Amarcord”
  • 1976: Ingmar Bergman, “Face to Face”
  • 1976: Lina Wertmuller, “Seven Beauties”
  • 1979: Edouard Molinaro, “La Cage aux Folles”
  • 1982: Wolfgang Petersen, “Das Boot”
  • 1983: Ingmar Bergman, “Fanny and Alexander”
  • 1985: Akira Kurosawa, “Ran”
  • 1987: Lasse Hallstrom, “My Life as a Dog”
  • 1994: Krzysztof Kieslowski, “Three Colors: Red”
  • 1995: Michael Radford, “Il Postino”
  • 1998: Roberto Benigni, “Life is Beautiful”
  • 2000: Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
  • 2002: Pedro Almodovar, “Talk to Her”
  • 2003: Fernando Meirelles, “City of God”
  • 2006: Clint Eastwood, “Letters from Iwo Jima”
  • 2007: Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
  • 2012: Michael Haneke, “Amour” 

Related: Watch out interview with Isabelle Huppert (‘Elle’)

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