Oscar nominated actress Emmanuelle Riva has died aged 89

Willard RiveraJan 30, 2017

This year's Academy Awards is already drumming up a lot of controversy due to the potential absence of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who is already an Oscar victor this year. Unfortunately another blow to the Oscars took place in the last 24 hours.

French actress Emmanuelle Riva, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2012's Amour, has died aged 89.

That's where famed French New Wave pioneer Alain Resnais spotted her, and he quickly cast her in her first leading feature role in "Hiroshima Monday Amour".

Emmanuelle died on Friday night (January 27) in Paris after a long battle with cancer. But Riva "was active until the end", Correa added.

The film, which saw Riva play an octegenarian music teacher who suffers a series of devastating strokes, landed her an Oscar nomination for best actress - making her the oldest person ever to be nominated for the award in that category.

"She created intense emotion in all of the roles she embodied", Hollande added. Ironically, her strict Italian father would later on greatly discourage Riva from pursuing acting as a career.

As a young girl in France, Riva was initially encouraged by her father to audition for a school theatre productions.

Riva never married and had no children.

For over 60 years, Riva would talley up an impressive resume of films, Television work, and stage. She was quickly spotted and cast in the movie "Hiroshima Mon Amour".

However it was her role in 2012's Amour which, at the age of 85, finally found her worldwide recognition. "I wasn't acting. I wasn't playing the part, that's the best way I can say it-I wasn't playing, I was being".

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