The Oscar-nominated actors from French cinema

This Sunday marks one of the biggest dates on the global cinema calendar – The Academy Awards, or The Oscars, as they are more widely-known.

The awards unite the creme-de-la-creme from international cinema, and celebrates the very best work of actors, actresses, directors and producers. This year’s nominees include Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Ryan Gosling to name but a few.

But mingling among the high-profile Hollywood stars on the red carpet will be those who began their careers in French cinema.

Here are three actors who have either been nominated for, or have taken home, the coveted award after starring in French-language films.

Watch some of their performances on Eurocinema, a channel which broadcasts international films daily on Sky channel 212.

Marion Cotillard. Received the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007. 

Marion Cotillard had previously been nominated for an Oscar when she duly won best actress in 2007 for her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. Then, seven years later, she was nominated again in the same category for her performance in 2014 for Two Days, One Night.

Cotillard has since crossed over from French classics to Hollywood blockbusters. She stars in the 2005 French drama Burnt Out which is being shown on Eurocinema at 9pm in the UK on Sunday – coincidentally at exactly at the same time as the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

In more recent years, she has been involved in some of the biggest blockbusters including her role as Miranda Tate in the third instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy; The Dark Knight Rises, as well as Inception and Assassin’s Creed.

She is set to star in Ismael’s Ghosts alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, which is now in post-production and is set to be released later this year.

Isabelle Huppert. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress 2017. 

The French actress will find out on Sunday night if her portrayal of Michele Leblanc in Elle, will see her claim this year’s best actress award. But she faces tough competition from the likes of Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and the award-favourite Emma Stone.

Huppert is best known for her roles in Amour, The Piano Teacher, Elle and I Heart Huckabees.

Her upcoming projects include most notably The Sleeping Shepherd which is in pre-production starring alongside Willem Dafoe and Imogen Poots.

Gérard Depardieu. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1990. 


The French actor has previously been nominated for best actor for his role as the titular character from Cyrano de Bergerac at the 1990 ceremony but missed out to Jeremy Irons.

Since then Depardieu has starred in countless feature films as well as 2012’s compelling short movie Frank-Étienne Towards Grace, a firm favourite in the Eurocinema catalogue. He is best known for parts in Life of Pi, which won four Oscars in 2013, as well as being nominated for a further six awards that same year.

Currently filming Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, which also stars Helena Bonham Carter and is about the most decorated dog in American military history.

Watch the very best in award-winning films on Eurocinema UK every evening from 9pm on Sky TV channel 212. Updates are available through the Eurocinema UK Facebook page.

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