On the eve of the 85th Academy Awards, and with the grand dame of French cinema, Emmanuelle Riva, tipped to become the oldest person ever to win an acting Oscar, The Local brings you the ten greatest French moments in Oscars history.
Number 10. Marion Cotillard, Best Leading Actress, 'La Vie En Rose,' 2008. One critic called her turn as iconic French singer Edith Piaf "one of the greatest performances on film ever." Cotillard made history by becoming the first person to win the Best Actress Academy Award for a role in the French language.
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