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Marion Cotillard received Honor
By David at 03/15/2010 - 16:22

 

According to BBC, Marion Cotillard and Tim Burton received one of France's highest cultural honors at a ceremony in Paris.
 
The French star was made a knight in the Order of the Arts and Letters by Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand.  Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton was also honored at the ceremony and was made a knight. Recipients of the order are honored for their significant "contribution to the enrichment of French culture".

 

 

After receiving his green and gold medallion, Burton said he had always loved France and felt a special connection with the French public. "I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country and I thank you very much," he said. Previous recipients include US singer Stevie Wonder - who was made a commander earlier this month - actors Dennis Hopper, Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, and singers Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue.
 
Marion Cotillard (born 30 September 1975) is a French actress. She gathered critical acclaim for her roles in films such as My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument, Taxi, Furia and Pretty Things. She has also appeared in such films as Big Fish, A Very Long Engagement, for which she received a César Award for Best Supporting Actress, A Good Year, Public Enemies and Nine.
 
She won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. She became the first person from France to win an Academy Award for a French language performance. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the musical Nine.
 
Family
 
Cotillard was born in Paris and grew up around Orléans, Loiret, in an artistically inclined, "bustling, creative household". Her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard, is an actor, teacher, former mime, and 2006 Molière Award-winning director of Breton descent    (his mother Léontine Cotillard still lives in Plémet, Brittany).    Her mother, Niseema Theillaud, is also an actress and drama teacher.    She has two younger twin brothers, Quentin and Guillaume. Quentin Cotillard is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco, California,    with his wife, Elaine O'Malley Cotillard, "a former Dutch National Ballet dancer who grew up in Marin County, and is now a San Francisco fashion designer".    Guillaume Cotillard is a screenwriter and director.   
 
Cotillard began acting during her childhood, appearing on stage in one of her father's plays.  
 Career
 Early work (1993–2002)
 
After small appearances and performances in theater, Cotillard had occasional and minor roles in television series such as Highlander, but her career as a film actress began in the mid-1990s with small but noticeable roles in such films as Arnaud Desplechin's My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument. Cotillard appeared in the comedy film La belle verte, directed by Coline Serreau. Then came her breakthrough out of cinephiles' circles when she starred in Gérard Pirès's action comedy Taxi. In the film, she plays Lili Bertineau who becomes Daniel's girlfriend. Cotillard reprised the role in two sequels. She then ventured into anticipation science fiction with Alexandre Aja's Furia (1999).
 
Cotillard appeared in Pierre Grimblat's film Lisa as Young Lisa, alongside Jeanne Moreau, Swiss novel-adaptation War drama In The Highlands. She starred in Gilles Paquet-Brenner's film Les jolies choses, adapted from the work of subversive feminist writer Virginie Despentes. In the drama, Cotillard portrayed the characters of two twins of completely opposite characters, Lucy and Marie. She was nominated for a Cesar Award for her performance. In Guillaume Nicloux's thriller Une affaire privée she appeared as Clarisse, friend of the disappeared.
 Breakthrough (2003–2006)
 
Cotillard starred with Guillaume Canet in the romantic comedy film Love Me If You Dare as Sophie Kowalsky, the daughter of Polish immigrants. The film was directed by Yann Samuel. Cotillard had a notable supporting role in Tim Burton's film Big Fish where she appeared alongside, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange and Allison Lohman, in the film She plays Joséphine, the French wife of William Bloom. She appeared in two critically successful films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement as Tina Lombardi, for which she won an César Award for Best Supporting Actress and appeared in the mystery thriller Innocence as Mademoiselle Éva.
 
In 2005, Cotillard starred in Steve Suissa's romantic drama Cavalcade as Alizée, she appeared in Abel Ferrara's religious drama Mary alongside Forest Whitaker and Juliette Binoche. Marion played Isabelle Kruger and Alice in the thriller film La Boîte noire, directed by Richard Berry. She appeared in the film Fair Play as Nicole. Cotillard starred in Ridley Scott 's romantic comedy A Good Year, in which she portrayed Fanny Chenal, a small Provençal town French café owner opposite Russell Crowe as a Londoner who inherits a local property. She appeared in Belgian comedy Dikkenek, and learned to play the cello for her role as a concertist in the satirical coming-of-age film You and Me.  
 Critical success (2007–present)
 
She was chosen by director Olivier Dahan to portray the French singer Édith Piaf in the biopic La Vie en Rose before he had even met her, saying that he noticed a similarity between Piaf's and Cotillard's eyes.    Producer Ilan Goldman accepted and defended the choice even though distributors TFM reduced the money they gave to finance the film thinking Cotillard wasn't "bankable" enough an actress.    Her portrayal was widely praised, including by the eminent theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, who described it as "one of the greatest performances on film ever."     It was dubbed "the most awaited film of 2007" in France, where some critics said that she had reincarnated Édith Piaf to sing one last time on stage.   
 
On February 10, 2008, Cotillard became the first French actress to be awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role since Stéphane Audran in 1973.     She is the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a foreign language performance since 1972, when Liv Ullmann won for The Emigrants. She is also the first person to win a (Comedy or Musical) Golden Globe for a foreign language performance. As La Vie En Rose was also a Czech production (as she mentioned in her César acceptance speech),   
 
On February 22, 2008, she was awarded the César Award for Best Actress, becoming the first woman and second person (after Adrien Brody, The Pianist) to win both a Cesar and an Oscar for the same performance. Cotillard is the second French cinema actress to win this award and the third overall to receive an Academy Award. She is the first Best Actress winner in a non-English language performance since Sophia Loren's win in 1961. She is also the first and so far only winner of an Academy Award for a performance in the French language. In her Oscar acceptance speech, Cotillard proclaimed "thank you life, thank you love" and, speaking of Los Angeles, said "it is true, there is some angels in this city!"
 
The day following the ceremony, Cotillard was congratulated and praised by the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy in a statement saying, "I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Marion Cotillard, who has just received the Oscar for Best Actress for her masterful interpretation of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, directed by Olivier Dahan. Half a century after Simone Signoret, a French artist has received the Best Actress award at the Oscars. It was a good omen that Catherine Allegret, Simone Signoret’s daughter, herself had a role in La Vie en Rose. Marion Cotillard embodies an Edith Piaf who is unsettling in her realism, emotion and passion. Her interpretation brings to life the story of a woman who gave French song its acclaim and authenticity; a singer, too, who closely united France and America."
 
On March 1, 2008, Cotillard won a Czech Lion Award for Best Actress. She could not attend the ceremony in Prague due to the filming of Public Enemies. Her friend Pavlína Nemcová - who played the journalist in La vie en Rose - was there to accept the award on her behalf.
 
On June 24, 2008, Cotillard was one of 105 individuals invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Cotillard in July 2009
 
Cotillard starred alongside Johnny Depp in Public Enemies, released in the United States on July 1, 2009. Later that year, Cotillard appeared in the film adaptation of the musical Nine,     directed by Rob Marshall, and co-starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson. On December 15, 2009, Cotillard was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress - Musical or Comedy for her performance in the film. The film was released on December 18, 2009.
 
For her role in the musical Nine as Luisa Contini, Time magazine ranked her as the fifth best performance by a female in 2009.      She was ranked just behind Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, and Meryl Streep.
 
She appear in Christopher Nolan's film Inception, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page. The release will be on July 16, 2010. She co-stars alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergs thriller film Contagion.    
 Other projects
 
Cotillard, in addition to her film work, is interested in environmental activism and participated in campaigns for environmental protection. Cotillard used her high public profile to bring attention to the aims of Greenpeace, working for the environmental organization as a spokesperson, allowing the organization to use her apartment to test products. In 2005, she also contributed to Dessins pour le climat (“Drawings for the Climate”), a book of drawings published by Greenpeace to raise funds for the group.
 
In 2009, Cotillard was chosen as the face for Dior's "Lady Dior" advertising campaign and was featured in an online mini-movie about the fictional character created by John Galliano. This campaign has also resulted in a musical collaboration with British pop group Franz Ferdinand, where Cotillard has provided the vocals for a composition performed by the group, entitled "The Eyes of Mars". Cotillard appeared on the cover of the November 2009 issue of Vogue with Nine co-stars Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson.
 Personal life
 
Cotillard currently lives with French actor and director Guillaume Canet. Many reports say the couple prefers to live a simple lifestyle, and they are often spotted in cafes and shopping together in Paris. Neither star discusses their relationship with the media, although photos of the couple being affectionate regularly surface in the European tabloids.   
 
She is a fan of Radiohead and Canadian singer Hawksley Workman; she has appeared in two of the latter's music videos, most notably "No Reason to Cry Out your Eyes (On the Highway Tonight)".     Workman even revealed in interviews about his last album Between The Beautifuls that he worked and wrote songs with Cotillard while they both were in Los Angeles during the movie awards season.   
 
Filmography
Year
Film
Role
Notes
1994
L'Histoire du garçon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse
Mathilde
 
1996
My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument
Student
Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle)
La Belle Verte
Student
 
1998
Taxi
Lili Bertineau
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
1999
War in the Highlands
Julie Bonzon
La Guerre dans le Haut Pays
Furia
Élia
 
Blue Away to America
Solange
Du bleu jusqu'en Amérique
2000
Taxi 2
Lili Bertineau
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival — Best Actress
2001
Lisa
Young Lisa
Verona Love Screens Film Festival — Best Actress
Pretty Things
Marie/Lucie
Les Jolies choses
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actress
2002
A Private Affair
Clarisse Entoven
Une affaire privée
2003
Taxi 3
Lili Bertineau
 
Love Me If You Dare
Sophie Kowalsky
Jeux d'enfants
Newport Beach Film Festival — Best Actress
Big Fish
Joséphine Bloom
 
2004
Innocence
Mademoiselle Éva
 
A Very Long Engagement
Tina Lombardi
Un long dimanche de fiançailles
César Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005
Cavalcade
Alizée
 
Edy
Céline/La chanteuse du rêve
 
Love Is in the Air
Alice
Ma vie en l'air
Mary
Gretchen Mol
 
Burnt Out
Lisa
Sauf le respect que je vous dois
La Boîte noire
Isabelle Kruger/Alice
 
2006
You and Me
Léna
Toi et Moi
Dikkenek
Nadine
 
Fair Play
Nicole
 
A Good Year
Fanny Chenal
 
2007
La Vie en Rose
Edith Piaf
La môme
Academy Award for Best Actress
African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival — Best Actress
César Award for Best Actress
Czech Lion Award for Best Actress
Etoiles d'Or du Cinéma for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Hollywood Film Festival — Actress of the Year
International Online Cinema Award for Best Actress
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Lumière Award for Best Actress
NRJ Ciné Award for French Actress of the Year
Palm Springs International Film Festival — Best Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival — Virtuosos Award
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Seattle International Film Festival — Best Actress
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Berlin International Film Festival — Best Actress
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2009
Public Enemies
Billie Frechette
 
OceanWorld 3D
Narrator
 
The Last Flight
Marie Vallières de Beaumont
Le dernier vol
Nine
Luisa Contini
Palm Springs International Film Festival — Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
2010
Inception
Mal
 
Little White Lies
 
Les petits mouchoirs
Contagion
 
 
 

                   

 Awards and nominations
 
Cotillard won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress for A Very Long Engagement (2004). Cotillard won an Academy Award for Best Actress, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and a César Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Môme (2007). Cotillard and her co-stars of Nine won an Satellite Award for Best Cast - Motion Picture for the performance in the film.
 
Cotillard also has been nominated for numerous awards, including César Award for Most Promising Actress for Taxi (1998) and Les Jolies choses (2001), she was nominated for an European Film Award for Best Actress for La Môme (2007). Cotillard was nominated for an Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Nine (2009).
 Academy Award milestones
 
Cotillard received the Academy Award for Best Actress. After Simone Signoret in 1959, Marion Cotillard is the second French cinema actress to win this award and the third overall to receive an Academy Award (Juliette Binoche won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1997 for her critically acclaimed role in the picture The English Patient, but it was not for a leading role), although French expatriate Claudette Colbert was given an Oscar in 1934. She is the first Best Actress winner in a non-English language performance since Sophia Loren's win in 1961. She is also the first and so far only winner of an Academy Award for a performance in the French language.
 Other awards
 
Cotillard for her portrayal of Lisa Young in the French film Lisa (2001), was the winner of Verona Love Screens Film Festival for Best Actress, she was the winner of Newport Beach Film Festival for Best Actress — Drama for Love Me If You Dare (2003).

 


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