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Marion Cotillard: 'The Oscars don’t make any sense'

Cover Media logo Cover Media 25/12/2016

© Provided by Cover Media Marion Cotillard is confused by Hollywood’s obsession with triumphing at awards ceremonies. The French actress, 41, won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2008, but doesn’t believe in competition for prizes within the film industry.

"I think when you’re a runner and every runner is on the same line and going to run the same race, then competition might make sense," she told Total Film magazine. "It doesn’t make sense to have a competition between movies, actors, directors."

Marion’s win, for her portrayal the singer Edith Piaf in biopic La Vie En Rose, is still the only time the prize has been awarded for a performance not given in the English language.

The star said that although she is flattered when receiving honours, she finds the whole system that sees some films, actors and actresses feted and others not incomprehensible.

"I’m not saying that I don’t care - I appreciate when I win an award - but for me competition doesn’t make sense," she added.

Despite her aversion to the process, the Paris-born actress has racked up nominations and gongs at film festivals and awards ceremonies over a career spanning more than two decades.

However, she explains that her dedication to acting comes from her love of it rather than a desire for accolades, saying, "I’ve never, never done this job to win awards."

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