Why Marion Cotillard Deserves to Win a Golden Globe Sunday and Probably Won't

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Marion Cotillard is as versatile as she is beautiful. In 2012, she starred in the summer blockbuster Dark Knight Rises, and a low budget French film, Rust and Bone. One soared to $1 billion in worldwide ticket revenue, while the other garnered her a Best Actress nod at the Golden Globes, which will be held Sunday. Snubbed by the Academy, she could still go home a winner.

Cotillard, who won Best Actress at the 2007 Oscars for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, looked certain to receive more love from the Academy this year. Instead, she'll have to watch from the sidelines. But while she's out of the Oscar race, she's fully deserving of her Golden Globe nomination.

In Rust and Bone, Cotillard plays a feisty orca trainer who loses her legs after being attacked by a killer whale. Though impressive special effects allow her character to exist on the big screen, it's her commanding performance that carries the film.

The Critics Say
Praise for the film itself hasn't been universal. But if there was one thing critics could agree on, it was the beauty of Cotillard's performance.

Kenneth Turran, Los Angeles Times
While state-of-the art CGI work makes her diminished body undeniably real, it is Cotillard's magnificent acting that makes what has happened to her believable.
A.O. Scott, New York Times
An actress of limitless bravery and supernatural poise, who is both beauty and beast.
Mary Corliss, Time
Her strong, subtle performance is gloriously winning on its own.

Why She Deserves to Win the Golden Globe
Cotillard won Best Actress at the 2007 Golden Globes for her role in La Vie en Rose, which means members of the Hollywood Foreign Press (the voting body) already appreciate her talent. A familiar face who has ties to Hollywood's elite — she's worked for Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, and Christopher Nolan — the French actress could wind up the emotional favorite.

Why She Probably Won't

Despite the critical acclaim she's received for her role, Rust and Bone failed to make a splash in America. While the movie grossed $16.5 million internationally, it never received a wide release domestically, earning just over $500,000. In contrast, La Vie en Rose played in over 150 theaters, took in $10 million domestically, and won her the Golden Globe. Voters may be deterred by Rust and Bone's lack of success in the States. A bigger obstacle, though, is Jessica Chastain, the wonderfully talented star of Zero Dark Thirty, and current favorite to take home Best Actress.

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