Oscar 2007: Marion Cotillard Reaction to Winning

Marion Cotillard won the Best Actress Oscar for playing Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose.” It's her first Oscar, and the Academy's first Oscar for a French actress in a French film.

Breathless, just as she was during her emotional Oscar acceptance speech, “La Vie en rose” star Cotillard likened her winning experience to an uncontainable explosion.

“It feels so good. I'm totally overwhelmed with joy and sparkles and fireworks, and everything which goes like BAM! BAM! BAM!' (It's as if) I just ate all those things, and it's happening right here, right now,” she said. “It's so unexpected, it's surreal, but I love it, I love it.”

The French actress singled out some of the actors who have inspired her: Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Peter Sellers–“I wanted to marry him when I was a child.”

Cotillard ended her time backstage by singing a few bars from the Edith Piaf tune “Padam Padam” the song she said best encapsulated her feelings at that moment. The whole press room burst into huge applause.

Earlier, Cotillard had won the Cesar (French Actress) and the UK's BAFTA Award.