Oscars: Class of 2008 Portraits

from Entertainment’s Weekly / by Missy Schwartz

BEST ACTRESS: MARION COTILLARD

La Vie en Rose

Age 32 Role Legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Karaoke Dreamin’ As a teenager in Orléans, France, Cotillard used to lip-synch to Madonna’s ”Material Girl.” ”With my microphone, I was the pop star of my bedroom!” she laughs. That clowning turned out to be good practice for her uncanny performance in La Vie, which she approached with scientific precision: ”I took all the songs and I calculated the length of the notes, of the silences, and how she would breathe. Then I did it again and again and again.” Up Next She sings — for real this time — in Rob Marshall’s Nine, based on the Broadway musical adapted from Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2.

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