Month: December 2007

Globe nominee Cotillard has rosy future

from LA Daily News / by Greg Hernandez

t’s always nice to talk with someone when they are having a good day.

Thursday was a very good day for Marion Cotillard, who called from Paris in good spirits because she had just been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her acclaimed performance in “La Vie En Rose.”

“It means that people appreciate your work, so it is something,” she said. “You can say that it’s very subjective or about an awards campaign. Me? I just enjoy the whole thing. Deeply, deeply, I don’t care about awards. But I’m starting to have sparkles in my heart. So I asked myself, Well, you do like that. Be honest.”

In “Rose,” the 32-year-old actress portrays French singer Edith Piaf from her late teenage years into her late 40s. The movie’s title is French for “Life in Pink,” which was the signature song of Piaf.

“I didn’t think about (awards) while we were shooting,” Marion said. “We didn’t have any idea of what it could be because it was very, very risky, to ask only one actress to do the whole thing from 19 years old to 47. Usually you ask two actresses. When I read this part with such a powerful character, I thought, This is bigger than my dream to play a whole life – an extremely intense, passionate life.”

While she is enjoying the acclaim for “Rose,” Marion is eager for the writers strike to end so she can work on director Rob Marshall’s film version of the Broadway musical “Nine.” After that, she has a French film which she describes as “an amazing love story in the African desert in the ’30s.”

But before work, there will be glamour.

Marion was named Best Actress recently at the Los Angeles Film Festival and returns to Southern California in just a few weeks to be honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival.

Then a few weeks later comes the Golden Globes.

“Of course I will be there,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to coming because this is a very unique thing for a French girl. To have the opportunity to meet people I admire so much. I am just enjoying the present time. No pressure at all.”

Marion’s Reaction

I’ve added 2 articles to the Press section about Marion Cotillard’s reaction to the Golden Globe nomination.

Not finding out about the nomination until two hours after the announcement she was then celebrating the happy news by drinking champagne (Edith Piaf’s favorite champagne, Bollinger) in the old section of Paris.

She definitely plans on attending but doesn’t yet know what she’ll be wearing – though Jean-Paul Gaultier and Chanel are at the top of her list.

Globe nominees speak out, The Hollywood Reporter
Marion Cotillard’s Golden Moment, E! Online

“I am really enjoying every minute and second of it!”

So, what does she think Piaf would make of all this? “She would laugh,” Cotillard says. “She was laughing all the time.”

Globe nominees speak out

from The Hollywood Reporter

“I’m in the old section of Paris drinking Edith Piaf’s favorite champagne, Bollinger, which has become mine,” said exuberant “La Vie en Rose” star Marion Cotillard of her best musical actress nomination. “The first big reaction was when it did well in France, and then the film got recognition all around the world. It’s just been a series of surprises, and I hope it never ends.” Picturehouse president Bob Berney wasn’t surprised by Cotillard’s success. “For me, it was expected. I think when people in Los Angeles met her in person, it was shocking to them how different she was from the character.”

Golden Globes Nominations!

The Golden Globe nominations were announced just today and our Marion has indeed been nominated. Marion, along with Amy Adams, Ellen Page, Helena Bonham Carter, and Nikki Blonksky received a nomination for the category “Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Muscial”. I’m almost positive that Marion will walk away with this award, as no other actress delivered the same powerful, emotional and all around amazing performance as Marion. No word yet on when the Golden Globes will air, or whether or not Marion will be attending.

Edit: Thanks to Elizabeth for this bit of information. The 65th Annual Golden Globes will air January 13th, 2008 on NBC at 8pm.

Awards #4: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Variety (and others) are just reporting about a new award the Santa Barbara Film Festival will be giving out:

The Santa Barbara Film Festival will honor Casey Affleck (“Gone Baby Gone,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”), Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en rose”), James McAvoy (“Atonement”), Ellen Page (“Juno”) and Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) with its inaugural Virtuosos Award.

Nod was established this year to recognize the performances of a select group of young actors. They will be honored during a tribute ceremony Jan. 30 at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theater.”

There will always be one or two performances that stand out, but this year in particular there were several performances by actors that truly set them apart from the pack,” said fest exec Roger Durling.

The Santa Barbara Film Festival runs Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

The award was created to recognize a group of young actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year. Congratulations Marion Cotillard!

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