Cotillard beat out "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" actress Cate Blanchett; "Away from Her" star Julie Christie; "Atonement" heroine Keira Knightley; and "Juno" newcomer Ellen Page for the Leading Actress honor.
"Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you so much for giving this to me, BAFTA," Cotillard said as she took the stage to collect her prize. "It has been the most incredible adventure. I loved every single second of the shooting -- of all this adventure."
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