Marion Cotillard has always been an awards favorite, even in movies that are less than excellent. She won her first Oscar with the French-language film 'La Vie en Rose', making her one of the few actresses to win the Best Actress Oscar for a movie not in English. She followed that up with Chris Nolan's Inception and Dark Knight Rises, cementing her place in Hollywood blockbuster-land. She's picked her projects very carefully, but she still hasn't been nominated for an Oscar since winning for La Vie en Rose.
However, that streak might get broken with her latest film, 'The Immigrant'. The Immigrant premiered in Cannes to decent if not glowing reviews, but her performance in the movie has already gotten rave reviews. Although it's more likely that her next Oscar nomination comes with 'Macbeth' opposite Michael Fassbender, The Immigrant might serve as a reminder to casting directors, producers, and directors that Marion is one of the most talented actresses of her generation.
For example, the review in the Press Herald describes her performance in glowing terms, writing, "She gives Ewa an inner life, full of ferocity, vulnerability, cunning. In her peacock feathers and her cheap flapper’s jewelry, or in a dark woolen shawl, huddled in the night, this woman is absolutely wondrous, absolutely real."
It's true that Marion certainly had her share of bad films, but she's always the best part of those bad movies. Despite a mediocre script and lackluster direction in many of her films, Marion always rises up to the change, both with her performance and her commitment to all the roles. So while the chances of The Immigrant making waves during awards season is low, Marion's performance might give her just the boost she needs.
The Immigrant was already released in the US in May, but will be releasing on DVD within the next few months, according to reports.