Marion Cotillard

(Updated on 10/28/2012)
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Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard was seen this summer in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies. She will be seen next in the U.S. in her portrayal of a double amputee in Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone.

She recently completed lensing Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties opposite Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, and her Rust and Bone costar Matthias Schoenaerts. Set in 1970s Brooklyn, the film explores organized crime and the relationship between two brothers on either side of the law. Before that, she wrapped production starring in the Untitled James Gray Project, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The film, co-written and directed by James Gray, is a story about an innocent immigrant woman (Cotillard) in search of the American dream, who sails to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century.

In 2008, Cotillard became the second French actress to ever win an Oscar®, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language. The praise came for her riveting portrayal of legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, in the film La Vie En Rose. Of her performance, New York Times film critic Stephen Holden wrote, Cotillard gives “the most astonishing immersion of one performer into the body and soul of another I've ever encountered in film.” For her role, Cotillard also received a Best Actress BAFTA, Golden Globe and César Award as well as a Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice Award nomination. In addition, she was named Best Actress by critics organizations worldwide, including the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the London Film Critics Circle.

Cotillard's credits include the successful French Taxi film series, written by Luc Besson; Yann Samuell's Love Me If You Dare; and Tim Burton's Big Fish. She garnered her first Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement. Following that, she went on to star in Ridley Scott's A Good Year; Michael Mann's Public Enemies and Rob Marshall's Nine, the screen adaptation of the hit musical. Her performance in the film brought her Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations, and she also shared in a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance. Additional credits include Chris Nolan's Inception, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which garnered Oscar®, Golden Globe and SAG Award® Best Motion Picture Nominations, as well as Steven Soderbergh's Contagion.

In 2010, Cotillard was named a Chevallier of the Order of Arts and Letters, for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. Born in Paris, she studied drama at Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique in Orleans.

Source: Press Kit / Rust and Bone (Sony Pictures Classics)