Saturday, November 17, 2007


Well, well, well! I just checked out one of the most creative things out there regarding Mlle. Cotillard and, yes, Oscar. I've yet to see an official "For Your Consideration" ad in the trades (though, to be fair, I've seen several online versions on at least one website -- that would be Goldderby), but this is a fantastic FYC ad created by a fan, check it out:

Yeah, eat your heart out, Picturehouse!

Kudos, Amy! Excellent work.

In other news, I have some great treats coming soon for you regular visitors. Stay tuned.


k_obrien said...

They're pushing her for Drama at the GGs rather than Musical? Interesting...

k_obrien said...

Oh, it's fan-made. I thought it was an official studio push...

Cotillard-Admin said...

Ah, when I first read your message I swear I almost had a mini heart-attack :) But seriously, even if they do push her for Drama (which I doubt they will), I think she'd still win. I watched the film again tonight and will truly be a travesty if she loses that Oscar.

k_obrien said...

I think I've watched it about...oh 3, 4 times since I got it on Tuesday? There's always something new to uncover in her matter where she's nominated, she'll win.

I like to think she'll be in Musical because a) the music in the film is like another character, and Piaf's music WAS her life (and all of the drama in her life she expressed through music), and b) I would kind of like to see Knightley win Drama for Atonement, ha.

If she loses the Oscar, then there is no justice in the Academy. Hers has got to be one of the best female performances I've seen in years. People using the fact that the movie is French against her is ridiculous. An outstanding performance is an outstanding performance, regardless of language, and if you're too lazy to read the subtitles then you are missing out.

Cotillard-Admin said...

OK, I'll fess up and confess I saw the film 3 times in the theater. LOL. So it's good to know someone else out there is watching this thing pretty compulsively!

Also, I haven't seen "Atonement" yet, but will try to check it out when I'm in London next month (hopefully it'll still be playing). Based on the trailer alone I'm desperately looking to see it (that and "There Will Be Blood"). I tend to think Saoirse Ronan will pull a Paquin this year, by the way.

Back to the point, you are spot on regarding Cotillard's chances and the silly variables that accompany this award process -- the one I take most offense to is the language "barrier." Even if one didn't have the luxury of subtitles, Cotillard's performance is superb. Her skill is quite beyond anything I've seen, male or female, in quite a long time -- I say we boycott the Oscars if this travesty occurs.

k_obrien said...

Ha, I thought I was a nut for watching this film over and over again! My French teacher introduced Edith Piaf to me yeeeeears ago, so when I found out they were making a movie I prayed they wouldn't screw it up. And while it certainly has its faults, Cotillard could not have been better casting. The flaws of the overall film don't even stand out because her performance is so damn good.

I remember seeing the first promo band, when there were no subtitles, and being in tears after the full 7 minutes DESPITE my French being rusty. That scene where she is looking for Marcel's watch, the breaks down when she learns he's dead, then sings Hymne L'Amour? God, it just got me.

The L'Accordeoniste/Padam Padam performance + her telling Louis that she will lose all faith in herself if she can't get through a song? Perfection.

My favorite scene has got to be when she has Non, je ne regrette rien played for her. God, the make up and her performance are just flawless. I get chills everytime I watch that scene. Then, at the Olympia, when she is going to sing her song and the audio of her interview is playing over the clips ("Aimer. Aimer. Aimer.") is just great filmmaking.


I'm ready to boycott the Oscars if Cotillard is robbed of the statuette. It seems a lot of people want Julie Christie to win because she's Julie Christie, which seems a bit off for me. Cotillard's performance wasn't "showy," as I've heard it described; she plays a diva, for goodness sake! And, for the record, she brings a lot of depth and heart to the part as well. I don't think it couldn't been as multi-layered a performance if anyone else was in the role.

I would definitely catch Atonement when you're in London! Or at least try and find an advanced screening in the States. Such a beautiful story brought together by top-notch acting, directing, cinematography, and music. It's visually stunning.

OK, wow that was a long post. Please, excuse my rambling!

Cotillard-Admin said...

Loved the rant!

You know, that scene you mentioned where the composer sings "Non, je ne regrette rien" to's akin to witnessing a resurrection. And not to cheapen it in anyway, but it definitely should be her Oscar clip or the powers that be should ensure that that particular image is juxtaposed as much with Cotillard's real looks throughout her Oscar campaign.

k_obrien said...

I rewound that scene about five times (starting at: "Danielle, une chaise!") because it was both devastating and uplifting at the same time. The whole movie is full of Oscar-worthy scenes, but that clip alone will win her the award. And if they show that one at the ceremony and then cut to Cotillard in the crowd....well, I think the grandness of the transformation will speak for itself.

Cotillard-Admin said...

Seriously! It's almost like seeing two completely different people. And after seeing quite a few of Marion's interviews, it's quite clear just how far from Piaf (in any of the incarnations in the film) she is. Ah, we must give each other a virtual high-five on Oscar night!

k_obrien said...

Watching the featurette on the DVD was a clear enough indication of how different she is from Piaf. There are some performances where it's like, "yawn, I've seen this actor play this part a million times over," or I'm thinking, "wow, what a stretch for [blank] to be playing a [blank]." To step into the shoes and play a REAL person who is totally different from you and to be nothing less than completely convincing is really something else.

And a cyberfive will be in order when Cotillard walks away with the Oscar.