Marion Cotillard was awarded Sunday, February 24 the 2008 Academy Award for best actress for her incarnation of Edith Piaf in "La Vie" by Olivier Dahan. The French actress, however, faced exceptional actresses: Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age", Julie Christie in "Away from her", Laura Linney in "The Savage Family" and Ellen Page in "Juno" . Marion Cotillard succeeds Briton Helen Mirren, winner last year in Stephen Frears' "The Queen".
Marion Cotillard becomes the first Frenchwoman to be awarded an Oscar for a film in French and the second actress for a film in a language other than English, after the Italian Sophia Loren in 1962. Simone Signoret had indeed obtained the Oscar for best actress in 1960, but for a film in English, "The Paths of the high city", of Jack Clayton.
Olivier Dahan's "La Vie" also won the Best Makeup Oscar for "Norbit" and the big production "Pirates of the Caribbean, to the End of the World".
At the age of 32, it's an unprecedented grand slam Marion Cotillard, since having been rewarded by a Golden Globe then a Bafta, she was handed Friday, February 22 by Alain Delon the César of the best actress. The young woman was preferred to Isabelle Carré in "Anna M", Cécile de France in "A secret", Marina Fois in "Darling" and Catherine Frot in "Odette Toulemonde". It was Marina Hands who won the César for best actress last year for her composition in "Lady Chatterley" by Pascale Ferran.
The doors of Hollywood are now wide open for Marion Cotillard, child of the ball revealed by his role alongside Sami Naceri in Taxi in 1998. The filmmaker Michael Mann has indeed entrusted to him the female lead role of "Public Enemies", police movie that will take place in the streets of Chicago in 1930s. Marion Cotillard will play Billie Frechette and give the star replica stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. The filming of "Public Enemies" is scheduled for next March.