Marion Cotillard cries as Penélope Cruz presents her Donostia Award at San Sebastian Film Festival


She is famed for her award-winning performances in numerous critically acclaimed films, including Inception, Nine, and Rust and Bone. 

And Marion Cotillard was every inch the deserving heroine as she accepted the prestigious Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain on Friday. 

The actress, 45, wiped away her tears of joy as fellow actress Penélope Cruz presented her with the award – which celebrates outstanding contributions to the film industry.

Deserving: Marion Cotillard was every inch the deserving heroine as she accepted the prestigious Donostia Award at San Sebastian Film Festival on Friday

Appearing on stage in a black mid-length gown, the star got emotional as she received the prize – exclaiming: ‘I didn’t expect that at all, I love this woman so much!’ 

The presenter of the award, Penélope, looked dazzling in a silver bejewelled flapper-style frock – sharing an embrace with Marion before sweetly helping to wipe her tears.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star handed over the award, whispering ‘mon amour’ (my love) to Marion, before going on to deliver a prize-giving speech in Spanish to the audience at the awards.

'Mon amour': The Pirates Of The Caribbean star handed over the award, whispering 'mon amour' (my love) to Marion, before going on to deliver a prize-giving speech in Spanish

‘Mon amour’: The Pirates Of The Caribbean star handed over the award, whispering ‘mon amour’ (my love) to Marion, before going on to deliver a prize-giving speech in Spanish 

Caring: The actress wiped away her tears of joy as she presented Marion with the award on stage

Caring: The actress wiped away her tears of joy as she presented Marion with the award on stage

The award-winner seemed humbled and even shocked by the prize-giving, stopping to place her hand on her heart before giving a speech in French, her native language.

Marion looked beautiful at the awards show in her dress, which boasted both halter and off-the-shoulder chiffon straps and a tiered A-line skirt.

She paired her youthful dress with a pair of matching Mary Jane style heels and accessorising with a silver bracelet and rings.

Humbled: The award-winner seemed humbled and even shocked by the prize-giving, stopping to place her hand on her heart before giving a speech in French, her native language

Humbled: The award-winner seemed humbled and even shocked by the prize-giving, stopping to place her hand on her heart before giving a speech in French, her native language

Beautiful: Marion looked beautiful at the awards show in her dress, which boasted both halter and off-the-shoulder chiffon straps and a tiered A-line skirt

Youthful: She paired her youthful dress with a pair of matching Mary Jane style heels and accessorising with a silver bracelet and rings

Beautiful: Marion looked beautiful at the awards show in her dress, which boasted both halter and off-the-shoulder chiffon straps and a tiered A-line skirt

The raven beauty wore her hair in an intricate plaited updo, while she modelled a palette of subtle makeup.

But it was Penélope who made a big entrance with her number – which featured sequins, sparkling tassels, and a plunging neckline.

The Spanish native looked as glamorous as ever as she handed over the award, beaming at her well-deserving long-time friend.

Big entrance: Penélope made a big entrance with her number - which featured sequins, sparkling tassels, and a plunging neckline

Big entrance: Penélope made a big entrance with her number – which featured sequins, sparkling tassels, and a plunging neckline

Sweet embrace: Fellow actress Penélope Cruz presented her with the award - which celebrates outstanding contributions to the film industry

Sweet embrace: Fellow actress Penélope Cruz presented her with the award – which celebrates outstanding contributions to the film industry

Sweet: The presenter of the award looked dazzling in a silver bejewelled flapper-style frock - sharing an embrace with Marion before sweetly helping to wipe her tears

Sweet: The presenter of the award looked dazzling in a silver bejewelled flapper-style frock – sharing an embrace with Marion before sweetly helping to wipe her tears

It has been known for a while that Marion was set to scoop San Sebastian’s most prestigious award at the event.

A lifetime achievement honour, the star received her gong at San Sebastian’s glittering opening gala alongside other A-list attendees.

The annual international film festival kicked off on the 17 September and will run until 25 September with a series of film premieres and high profile galas.

Long time coming: It has been known for a while that Marion was set to scoop San Sebastian’s most prestigious award at the event

Long time coming: It has been known for a while that Marion was set to scoop San Sebastian’s most prestigious award at the event

Alongside Marion, Johnny Depp will controversially also be honoured with a Donostia Award during the festival.

He made an appearance at the film festival last year as he was presenting Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane McGowan, and previously attended back in 1998 ceremony with Terry Gilliam.

Alumni of the honour being given to Marion and Johnny include many famous Hollywood names including Ethan Hawke, Judy Dench and Penelope Cruz.

Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny lost his legal battle against the The Sun and his wife Amber Heard in 2020.

But San Sebastian Film Festival has never been one to shy away from controversies, and opened last year’s ceremony with a viewing of Woody Allen’s latest film Rifkins Festival.

Controversial: Alongside Marion, Johnny Depp will controversially also be honoured with a Donostia Award during the festival

Controversial: Alongside Marion, Johnny Depp will controversially also be honoured with a Donostia Award during the festival

Controversial award: San Sebastian Film Festival has never shied away from controversies, and opened last year's ceremony with a viewing of Woody Allen's latest film Rifkins Festival

Controversial award: San Sebastian Film Festival has never shied away from controversies, and opened last year’s ceremony with a viewing of Woody Allen’s latest film Rifkins Festival

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