Marion Cotillard Lifetime Achievement Honor at 37

By ALEX UNGERMAN

December 11, 2012

Marion Cotillard might have been in huge films like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, and even snagged a Leading Actress Oscar for her role in La Vie en Rose, but her acting career stretches back much farther than these past few years of major Hollywood success.

In fact, Cotillard has acted in foreign and American films since the early 90's. Maybe that's why the Independent Feature Project decided to retroactively acknowledge her illustrious career at this years' Gotham Awards on November 26th.

Cotillard was awarded with an honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her impressive record of dynamic roles.

When ET caught up with Marion on the carpet, she seemed humbled by the honor, and also took the time to talk about her newest starring role and Oscar hopeful film, Rust and Bone.

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"I'm very happy be honored. And I'm very happy for this movie that I'm sharing with the audience right now," she said.

Rust and Bone stars Cotillard as a killer whale trainer in this French film, which has already been gaining accolades on the festival circuit.

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As to whether she has a better shot at landing a nomination for this film than American blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, history clues you in. Cotillard has won for an international film before, with La Vie en Rose. But besides Heath Ledger's posthumous award for The Dark Knight, no actor has ever been recognized by the Academy for a role in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Win or lose, Cotillard seems happy to just be gaining exposure for the critically-acclaimed Rust and Bone.

"When you tell a story, you want people to share it. And to be able to travel with this movie to show acts out of our country is something I really, really enjoy."

The 85th Annual Oscar Awards will air Sunday, February 24th, 2013 on ABC.

Check out our entire interview with Cotillard above.

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