It might be a little exaggerated, but the Daily Mail is reporting outrage from today’s BAFTAs (the British Academy Awards). French actress Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress prize for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, besting British thespians Keira Knightley and Julie Christie. It doesn’t take a history degree to tell you that the Brits don’t like losing to the French, especially on their home turf. At least Atonement won Best Picture, which should help satisfy the local media. From the Daily Mail recap (which has some great photos from the ceremony):
British actresses were sensationally snubbed at the Baftas in favour of an unknown French starlet. Julie Christie and Keira Knightley both lost out in the best actress category to Marion Cotillard, the 32-year-old star of La Vie En Rose about the life of the Parisian singer Edith Piaf.
This is believed to be the first time a French actress has ever won best actress at the Baftas. Only Audrey Tautou had previously come close – when she was nominated for the comedy Amelie in 2002.