She’s already got one Oscar under her belt thanks to her performance in “La Vie En Rose,” but most would agree Marion Cotillard has done ever better work since. She’s astonishing in Jacques Audiard‘s “Rust And Bone,” and this year she was very strong in James Gray‘s “The Immigrant.” And while some folks are burning fires to her to get nominated for that performance (sorry, not gonna happen) this latest bit of news suggests she might not be out of the race just yet.
Belgium has announced that Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night” will be their official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. It’s a nice boost for a movie that certainly deserves more attention. Cotillard is again terrific in this “minor” effort from the Dardennes (not a slight, as a “B” movie from them is still leagues better than pretty much anything else you’ll see this year) that follows a young woman who strives to save her job, after her co-workers vote for her to be laid off, in order to collect a bonus. So she teams with her husband (a really good Fabrizio Rongione) to visit each of her co-workers to convince them to change their minds.
It’s moving stuff, and while the ending wobbles a bit, Cotillard is in pretty much every frame and owns it. Can she also manage a Best Actress nomination, in addition to the film contending for Best Foreign Film? We’ll see how the next few months go. Here’s our review of the movie, and check out a UK TV spot for the movie below, where it has already opened. Sundance Selects has the U.S. rights and will open December 24.