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Can Marion Cotillard finally win Best Actress at Cannes?
With an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe in her amply stocked trophy cabinet, Marion Cotillard can't exactly claim to have been under-rewarded -- but a major festival prize still eludes her. And after her last two years on the Croisette, fans may be wondering what more she has to do to win Best Actress at Cannes. Her ferocious turn as a gutsy paraplegic in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" earned her plenty of awards attention later in the year, but lost out to a pair of Romanian newcomers at the festival; she was even better last year in James Gray's "The Immigrant" as a Polish ingenue lured into prostitution, but Steven Spielberg's jury preferred her compatriot Berenice Bejo in "The Past." This year, she's outdoing herself in terms of jury bait, playing against type as a working-class woman fighting to save her job in "Two Days, One Night" -- the latest socially conscious drama from two-time Palme d'Or winners the Dardenne Brothers. No Dardennes film has ever left the Croisette empty-handed; two of them have won acting awards. If Cotillard doesn't take the gold this time, she may need to go Full Winslet and do a Holocaust drama.
- Guy Lodge