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    It’s time to suggest that the expected breakout career for Marion Cotillard  is never going to happen.

    I’ve seen nearly all of her films (both French and international) and regard her as a talented and capable actress, even if she did win for me an underserved Oscar for her most histrionic performance (likely because many uninformed voters thought she did her own singing – the distributor told me at the time they thought that was a factor).

    Her two most recent films from last year – Blood Ties and The Immigrant – both premiered almost a year ago at Cannes. Blood Ties is coming out next month on a theater/Video on Demand day & date release (a week after Veronica Mars is doing the same thing), Doesn’t mean it’s a flop or a bad movie, but just that it isn’t going to make any big impact. The Immigrant (in which she is quite good) is being handled by Weinstein’s normally VOD entity Radius, with release plans still not announced to my knowledge.

    She actually has a very promising film that should be a leading festival contender – Two Days, One Night, from Belgian masters The Dardennes Brothers. They usually premiere at Cannes in competition, and she might be a strong award winner if it does. (She to her credit chooses her projects on large part on the quality of the director).

    But as her failure to be Oscar nominated for Rust and Bone shows and the lack of interest in her two 2012 lead roles, she is having a hard time gaining traction. She needs to do something breakout soon.

    Hopefully something clicks (Two Days One Night, though it will never be a huge US hit, might be a turning point). 

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    What are you talking about, she has done incredible. Better than most Lead Actress winners in the last decade. 2013 was like a break for her but she will be back with Macbeth……. No disrespect but you seem like a hater thats it.

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    Scottferguson
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    Learn how to read before calling someone a hater. It makes you look ignorant.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Isn’t it enough that she is consistently doing films in France, as well as a couple major blockbusters (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and a starring role in Midnight in Paris? I think she’s been having a great career since her Oscar win.

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    She’s had a seriously strong film career after her Oscar win, starring in critically acclaimed films and Blockbusters. (Inception, Rust & Bone, Dark Knight Rises, Midnight in Paris.) Not to mention the upcoming Immigrant and Macbeth. Just because the Academy is too idiotic to recognize her again, doesn’t mean her career is going down.

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    I am talking about her as a lead actress. She has yet to break out beyond supporting, for which of course she has been successful. Her two recent (mostly) English language films though clearly are both thought to be lacking commercial appeal.

    She gives her best lead performance in The Immigrant. She would have been a deserving best actress nominee for that. But Weinstein apparently thinks the film has litle to no appeal. That’s what i am talking about.

     

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    Learn how to read before calling someone a hater. It makes you look ignorant.

    If Cotillard has not had a great career since her win, than who has?
    Plus her win is iconic. It wasn’t the singing that won the Oscar, it was the performance. Everyone knows Edith Piaf’s voice, so please explain what you are talking about.  

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    She was the best part of an otherwise disappointing “Midnight In Paris.”  She was one of the highlights of “Inception.”  I think she’s doing just fine.

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    Scottferguson
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    England – I know people who worked on the campaign. After Cotillard’s win, they told me that they had learned a lot of members thought she had done the singing, and voted for her because of that. A lot of Academy members aren’t high information voters. Sure you and I know Piaf’s voice, but the average sound technician member might not (although might have been impressed by the dubbing). It was a close race, and I am convinced this lack of knowledge from some members gave her the victory.

    I am the first to say she is talented – the whole point of this thread is that talent is not translating into successful lead roles (Rust and Bone notwithstanding) since her win, particularly in English. She is clearly a success in financial terms and the quality of films she is in usually – but as supporting. I just realized she was in Anchorman 2 – really? 

    She hasn’t scored the lead roles one would have expected, or when she has (The Immigrant) the disinterest is pretty obvious. 

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    I also believe voters thought Cotillard sang the songs.  If only Julie Christie campaigned, or even gave interviews.  That was her Oscar, but she didn’t want to play the game.  Cotillard basically camped out in LA for the awards season and was everywhere.  But that proved to be a great choice as it gave her an international career.  She’s been in blockbusters, she’s been in prestige fair.  The title of this thread caught me by surprise…it’s not like Cotillard has disappeared or dropped off the face of the earth.  There’s demand for her, big name directors want to work with her, and she’s gorgeous.

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    To be fair, “La Vie en Rose” was not exactly a blockbuster in the states.  I don’t think there was an expectation that she’d be a breakout star here.  Her lead roles seem to have been in arthouse fair.
    In terms of lining up great roles in great films that are successful, I think she’s done as well or better than a completely unknown (in the States) French actress could be expected to do in American cinema. 

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    Scottferguson
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    I added “leading actress” to the title, closer to the point I was making.

    Believe what you want Smiley, but I raised the question to those involved in the campaign because when I saw the film with an industry crowd (pre-opening) a lot of the straight male business folks (very similar to a lot of the voters) seeing the film thought she had done her own singing – many had no idea who Edith Piaf was. The quote I got from one of the PR people was that they were sweating bullets that this would become an issue during the race.

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    If someone voted for Cotilard because they thought she was singing, they should not be Oscar voters. Its sad to even read that. Cotillard still blew the other nominees away with her acting alone imo.

    She was worthy of a win for Rust & Bone and nomination for Nine.  

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    I’m not sure what the issue of whether she was singing has to do with the question in the thread title.

    I agree with you that she hasn’t emerged as a leading actress here.  But I think considering all factors, at least domestically, that was a huge uphill climb for her anyway.  I think she’s wisely used the career bump she received post-Oscar, but that’s just me.
    It’s not like she’s Jennifer Lawrence, All-American girl who’s gonna get offered anything and everything after her breakout role.   

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    This is…random

    Cottilard is miles ahead with the work she’s been doing (lead and supporting) after her win in comparison to most of the Best Actress, and may I add American, winners of the past decade.

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