Apparently I know even less than I thought I did. All those compelling reasons that made Julie Christie's Oscar an inevitability just disappeared in a puff of scented Gallic smoke. Despite the egg on my face, I'm delighted for Mlle Cotillard. She beat the odds - with a performance that deserves every accolade. May I now consider relations between the U.S. and France to be officially hunky-dory again?