I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Marion Cotillard, who has just received the Oscar for Best Actress for her masterful interpretation of Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, directed by Olivier Dahan.
Half a century after Simone Signoret, a French artist has received the Best Actress award at the Oscars.
or How I Got into an Argument, and the comedy La Belle Verte, directed by Coline Serreau.
In 1996, Cotillard had her first leading role in the TV film Chloé, In 1998, she appeared in Gérard Pirès' action comedy Taxi, playing Lilly Bertineau, the girlfriend of delivery boy Daniel, played by Samy Naceri.
Cotillard became one of only six actors to receive multiple Academy Award nominations for foreign-language performances.
Cotillard played Joan of Arc on stage in different countries between 20 in the oratorio Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher.
Cotillard has appeared in more than 50 feature films and is also known for being the face of Lady Dior handbags since 2008.
She became a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2010 and promoted to Officer in 2016.
Cotillard is the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a foreign language performance since 1972, when Liv Ullmann won for The Emigrants.
She is also the first person to win a (Comedy or Musical) Golden Globe for a foreign language performance.
The film was a hit in France and she was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress.