France's Cotillard stunned by Oscars triumph
Cotillard became only the second woman to win the best actress award for a non-English speaking performance.
HOLLYWOOD, Febraury 24, 2008 - Marion Cotillard admitted she was
struggling to come to terms with her Oscar win on Sunday after becoming only
the second woman to win the best actress award for a non-English speaking
The 32-year-old Parisian scooped the award for her portrayal of tragic
chanteuse Edith Piaf in bio-pic "La Vie En Rose," following in the footsteps
of Italian legend Sophia Loren, the 1962 best actress winner.
Cotillard's win at the Kodak Theatre was one of the highlights of an
otherwise predictable Oscars, with the young French star's sheer joy at
winning plain for all to see.
The actress paid tribute to the film's director Olivier Dahan, who is
reported to have insisted on Cotillard's casting for the film.
"Oh -- thank you so much. Olivier, what you did to me, you rocked my life.
You have truly rocked my life," she told the Academy Awards ceremony referring
to the film's director Olivier Dahan.
"I'm speechless now .. I thank you life, thank you love and -- it is true,
there is some angels in this city. Thank you so, so much."
The victory also made Cotillard only the second Frenchwoman in history to
win the award following Simone Signoret's triumph in 1960.
Cotillard had already won honors at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs earlier
this year and Cesar on Friday.
Later Cotillard said she had suffered a "brain collapse" as she was
escorted back stage with her arm around last year's best actor Oscar winner
Forest Whitaker. "My brain collapsed, so he helped me to find the plug back to
my brain," she laughed.
Cotillard said she had struggled to rediscover her normal life after
filming on "La Vie En Rose" was completed, following months of immersing
herself in the character of Piaf.
"I really dedicated my life to the movie and to play Piaf for a few months,
and so I didn't have a life," she said.
"And when the movie was finished, I realized that I didn't have a life and
I didn't know exactly how to go back.
"But I love life and I love my life so, it was not so hard to go back
Other best actress nominees included Cate Blanchett ("Elizabeth: The Golden
Age"), Julie Christie ("Away From Her"), Laura Linney ("The Savages") and
Ellen Page ("Juno").