Thursday, January 31, 2008

Virtuous Marion


Last night, Marion was on hand to receive (along with Amy Ryan, Ellen Page, dreamy James McAvoy, and Casey Affleck) the Virtuoso Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival:
SBIFF presents the Virtuosos 2008 Award to Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and Amy Ryan, in recognition of a new generation of stand-out film artists.
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Casey Affleck always looks delighted to be at these events. This particular photo captures his inner soul like none other:



More (and better quality) images here. Middle set of group photos from here.

18 comments:

Kit van Cleave said...

Big news: Marion has been predicted in the current
(2/4/08) issue of America's TIME MAGAZINE as the winner of the Oscar for Best Actress. Though its editors don't reveal the source of their predictions, many feel they include Las Vegas highroller bettors. I am beginning to suspect that the SAG award went to Christie on affection and respect, and that the younger voters in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will go for Cotillard. (And then there are the angels, who love all things French.) Ballots for the Oscars are due in 2/18/08, so her appearance (presenter, recipient) and awards in the US, plus hercontinuing charm and humility, may just bring her the Big Prize.

k said...

These pictures are all squished!

And kit -- here's hoping Marion walks away with the Oscar! And, even if she doesn't, she is now an Oscar nominee! Still big!

Kit van Cleave said...

K: You're absolutely right. No matter what everyone says in fun about "the nomination was enough", the Oscar nomination (in terms of offers of work, public recognition, and general respect) IS a huge honor in the US. Being a nominee is a watermark in the industry, and goes down in all the Oscar histories. Note that the Oscar nominees are different from the SAG nominees (Linney, e.g.) and votes often surprise. It'll be interesting......(are those catears I'm seeing?)

OliverGbyrne said...

Lol this picture makes me laugh , especially how you described Casy ,Dorothy.
But Marion looks cute with that yellow top. I remember a while back during the making off la vie en rose and even during the "Love me if you dare" period she used to wear black at all events.
She's so much better with bright color.
Thinking about that I just watched "love me if you dare" last night.

k said...

kit: They are cat ears!

I think Marion has summed it up nicely: an Oscar nomination for a French actress in a very French movie is a huge honor. With La Vie en Rose, she's reached an international audience, and she's getting high billings in films like Nine and now Public Enemies. She's got a lot to be grateful for!

Kit van Cleave said...

Again, you're on target. Some 20 awards in the US, many by critics associations, and a goodly-long stay in Hollywood meeting people, talking to the print and air media, hearing deals, will take her to places neither she or you and I could have guessed at nine months ago when LA MOME came out in France. As you well know from the Britney/Lindsay tragedies, class, style, and sweetness mean a lot in Hollywood. I was thinking this morning that the next association which would be made is "the new Audrey Hepburn," given Marion's languages facility, real talent, charm and fashion sense. We'll see. You guys keep up the good work meanwhile, giving us the top updates.

poppy said...

Marion looks cute, really lovely, yellow looks good on her (can't say that about many people).

Good god, McAvoy is doing a lot of travelling; he was at two awards shows in London, the day before this.

I wouldn't go with Marion having a career like A. Hepburn, or even being compared to her, she despite being, Belgian born, and Dutch, had an Irish/English father, and was educated in a boarding school in Britain, and therefore spoke English without a recognisable accent, and unfortunately that is the key. If Marion is to really manage the English language portion of her career correctly, she really does have to be careful with the roles she takes. The wrong one, or doing roles that should have a native English speaker in the role, will be a fast track to disaster for her. Fortunately that is what agents and common sense are for.

OliverGbyrne said...

I would say that Marion is definitely the new Catherine Deneuve (without the ice queen image)more then Audrey.
I sure hope she will have a career like Deneuve.

Kit van Cleave said...

Hey, Poppy --

Good points. But also, language coaches on sets and for rehearsals help increase fluency and accent. Zeta-J really sounds American now (when she wants to), and I understand A. Hepburn's Parisian French was flawless. As intelligent as Marion seems to be, I'm sure she'll be fluent quickly the more she works in, and with, more international casts. Banderas and Penelope Cruz still have strong accents, but big careers. (Then there's always Selma Hayak, who's always saying, "Jo so craddzy!") And after all, French-accented English is SO sexy.

poppy said...

Well to be honesty, Bandares career isn't really raising the roofs, with awards and whatnots, and Cruz has got infinitely more praise for performances in her native language. It is really really easy for Brits to simulate an American accent when need, with the inundation of American TV.

Well Hepburns French was fine, but then she grew up on continual Europe and lived in Switzerland for many many years.

Marion needs to be careful with the English language roles she takes, because like it or not, she won't be eligible for every role going, and will in all likelihood get the best dramatic roles of her life, in French. It’s an amazing time for her, with the awards and all, but it is also something of a tight robe walking time. She has to be careful, pick the right roles, and unfortunately, she has to recognise the limitations. We after all, all have to recognise our limitations. However Nine and Public Enemies seem to be good choices, so she looks like she knows what’s doing. However an all American RomCom wouldn’t really be the right career move at all.

Kit van Cleave said...

Well said, Poppy.

OliverGbyrne said...

I dont want her to loose her French accent , I love her accent.Plus I allso have a French accent and I do like having an actress with the same accent as mine lol She's my homegirl in the oscar race and I like that :)
I wouldnt want her to becomme like Eva Green and start acting all British.
But Marion said in an interview that she's French and she will allways be that,I like that she is proud of were she comme from.

Dorothy Porker said...

I love that, Oliver. And it's always great to hear Marion express how proud she is to be French. Even though I'm not French, I do consider her to be my "homegirl" as well :-) But you get bragging rights!

But I see the danger that poppy talks about. One of my favorite actresses is Emmanuelle Beart. I think she's incredibly talented, but her English-language projects are pretty bad (Date with an Angel...wow). And yet to see her in "Un Coeur en Hiver" or "Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud" and she's right up there with the greats.

Based on her previous choices, Marion's prospects seem quite bright. I'd bet on it ;-)

poppy said...

Well Eva Green isn’t fully French (I think one of her parents are Swedish), and lives in London now, she also went to a multi - lingual school, so her English was excellent from a young age.

Marion I doubt will ever lose her accent. She lives in France, and who knows whether she will move in the future. She may do, but she herself has said no, but I suppose it is all, very, dependant on her personal life. If she stays with Canet, she won’t move, cause he ain’t moving anywhere; he has been very vocal on the issue (and he could have a very successful English language career if he choose too, and his English is excellant). Anyway, why would anyone from Paris move, if they had a choice, it is probably the most beautiful city in the world. It has never been very common for French actors to move from France. I’m going with ‘La Binoche’, seriously the woman could not have a better career model.

Dorothy Porker said...

Hear, hear. La Binoche is a goddess. Another reason I'm dying to see "Mary." (Marion+Forest+La Binoche+Ferrara = I'm desperate to see it!).

OliverGbyrne said...

You are Right Binoche his one smart lady,her career choice are so well taught off and her American films are not total crap (I loved Dan in real life) , I whish Marion a career as good as hers.
Yeh for Beard I agree "Manon of the spring" is one of my all time favourite movie but her American fims are just embarassing to watch , a waste of talent.
And the same can be said about Depardieu , that man his very talented (Cyrano,Jean de florette) but his American film (Bogus,101 dalamatians) are just awfull to look at except for green card.
I hope Marion is gonna be wise while choosing her American project but I have faith in her.

Dorothy Porker said...

I'll add Julie Delpy to the list of French actresses who can successfully navigate the international film world.

And I love "Green Card" too, though I haven't seen it in years.

poppy said...

Greencard is wicked. he made a lot of American films, at one stage, but he doesn't seem to anymore. Oh yeah, Delpy, I don't think she makes many French films anymore. I think there has been a bit of disowning going on there, which is sad really.