The star was honoured with her first nod for the dramatic thriller and although she has received various accolades in Europe, including a record 15 Cesar Award nominations, she's thrilled and excited by her first Academy Awards mention.

"What else can I say? Nothing better could happen to me today,” the 63-year-old told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday (24Jan17), hours after her nomination was announced. “It's just amazing. It's amazing for me, it's amazing for the film, it's amazing for (director) Paul Verhoeven. It's just incredible.”

Huppert, who won a Best Actress honour at the Golden Globes earlier this month (Jan17), is up against the likes of La La Land’s Emma Stone, Jackie star Natalie Portman, Loving's Ruth Negga and Meryl Streep, who holds the record as the most Oscar-nominated actor.

"It's funny, because she's got the 20th (nomination) (and) I've got the first," she chuckled, "and I'm really, really happy. She's the immense actress that we know she is, and it's a big honour for me to be in this selection."