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Oscar winning movie: "La Vie en Rose" (2008)
Paycheck movie: "Public Enemies" (2009)
Lowdown: Cotillard jumped from relative unknown French actress to Best Actress winner to leading lady in Michael Mann's $100 million thriller. Sure, Johnny Depp and Christian Bale got the lion's share of the big paychecks, but Cotillard made more on this studio flick than she ever had before.
- Gregory Ellwood