Oscars: Belgium Picks 'Two Days, One Night' for Foreign-Language Category

'Two Days, One Night,' Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Competition)

The Dardenne brothers are looking to take an unprecedented third Palme d'Or with their latest social drama. The exceedingly glamorous Marion Cotillard plays a very un-glam role in Two Days, One Night as a young woman trying to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so she can keep her job. Expect the Dardenne's patented combination of social critique and human tragedy -- a combination that won the Belgians Cannes' top honor for Rosetta in 1999 and L'enfant in 2005. (Sales: Wild Bunch)

The workplace drama from directing duo Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne stars French actress Marion Cotillard

Belgium has elected, again, to go with the latest from directing brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne in its bid for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.

Belgium's national Oscar selection committee on Friday picked the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night to represent the country in the upcoming Oscars race for best foreign-language film.

The drama stars French actress Marion Cotillard (Inception) as a woman who has a single weekend to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Two Days, One Night debuted in competition in Cannes and screened in both Telluride and Toronto. IFC Films picked up the movie for U.S. release, and a domestic bow is planned for Dec. 24.

In addition to the foreign-language category, some pundits are giving Two Days, One Night chances for a best actress nom for Cotillard's searing performance. The French star won a best actress Oscar in 2008 for playing singer Edith Piaf in Olivier Dahan's La Vie en Rose.

Belgium has submitted films by the Dardenne brothers for the Oscar campaign before, but the directors, who have won Cannes' Palme d'Or twice, have yet to receive an Academy Award nomination.

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