11. Marion Cotillard, 'La Vie en Rose'
Moviegoers had seen Marion Cotillard in films such as Big Fish and A Good Year, but they hadn't really seen her until she played the momentously troubled Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. This is a music biopic that throws chronology out the window, preferring thematic connections to a straight recounting of events, and Cotillard's performance is equally adventurous, playing the singer as a tumultuous talent whose passions both fed her artistry and destroyed her. Since Rose, Cotillard has often played bewitching, heartbreaking love interests in American films, but the rawness she brought to 2014's Two Days, One Night proves that Piaf's fluid pain is something she can access when the right role requires it.