Oscar Movies: Camille Claudel

French

French star Isabelle Adjani, who excelled as Victor Hugo's daughter in Truffaut's “The Story of Adele H,” plays another complex role in Bruno Nyutten's melodrama, “Camille Claudel.”

It's the kind of over-the-top role that impresses Academy voters, and indeed Adjani scored her second Best Actress nomination, competing against Pauline Collins (“Shirley Valentine”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Fabulous Baker Boys”), Jessica Lange (“Music Box”), and Jessica Tandy, who won for “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Oscar Nominations: 2

Best Foreign Language Picture
Actress: Isabella Adjani

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In 1989, “Camille Claudel” competed for the Foreign-Language Oscar with “Jesus” of Montreal” (Canada), “Waltzing Regitze” (Denmark), “What Happened to Santiago” (Puerto Rico), and “Cinema Paradiso” (Italy), which won.