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GOLDEN GLOBES 2008 France

Three films and 5 nominations add "French touch" to Hollywood

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French films triumph on the list of nominations for the prestigious Golden Globes 2008, to be awarded on January 13 by the Foreign Press Association in Hollywood.

The five nominations for three features – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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, Persepolis [+see also:
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interview: Marc-Antoine Robert
interview: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Pa…
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and La Vie En Rose [+see also:
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– mark an unprecedented success for French cinema, in these awards that remain an important event in the run-up to the Oscars.

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Nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, Marion Cotillard has a real chance of success, as she competes against UK actress Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd), US actresses Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray) and Amy Adams (Enchanted), and Canadian actress Ellen Page (Juno).

Having already picked up awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the animated film Persepolis (see Focus) by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel (starring Mathieu Amalric who will play one of the baddies in the next James Bond film) are in the running for the award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Other contenders include Cannes Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days [+see also:
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interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
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(see Focus) by Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, The Kite Runner by Swiss-born director Marc Forster and Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution (Golden Lion winner at Venice).

The two French films vying for the award are produced by 247 Films and Pathé Renn Productions respectively, and co-produced by France 3 Cinéma.

The Diving Bell has also been nominated in two other categories: Best Director for Schnabel and Best Screenwriter for South Africa’s Ronald Harwood (who won an Oscar in 2003 for Roman Polanski’s The Pianist).

At the 64 previous editions of the Golden Globes, France has taken home ten awards, its most recent wins dating back to 1996 (Les misérables), 1993 (Indochina), 1991 (Cyrano de Bergerac) and 1980 (La cage aux Folles).

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(Translated from French)

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