Sunday, February 27, 2011

'Natalie Portman' Wins Her First Best Actress Oscar Awards For 'Black Swan'

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were hosted by actress Anne Hathaway and actor James Franco in Los Angeles. In what is considered Hollywood’s biggest night, both Franco and Hathway fell flat despite the occasional sprinklings of wit and humor.

Natalie Portman won the Oscar for best actress Sunday night, a credit to her terrifying portrayal of an obsessed, paranoid ballerina in "Black Swan."It was Portman's first win in two nominations and follows her supporting actress nomination for "Closer," which was made in 2004.Portman, 29, who lost 20 pounds in the year she prepared for the film, wore a deep purple off-the-shoulders dress on the red carpet, to accommodate her growing baby bump.

The 29-year-old Israeli-American actress, considered the leading favourite after dominating other film awards shows leading up to the Oscars, was visibly overwhelmed as she expressed her gratitude in a trembling voice, and occasional stammer.

Portman trained five hours a day for six months to prepare for "Black Swan," a project she and director Darren Aronofsky first discussed about nine years ago. Portman faced competition for the Academy Award from four-time nominee Bening for "The Kids Are All Right," as well as from Oscar winner Kidman for "Rabbit Hole," Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone" and Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine."

"Black Swan" is Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller that co-stars Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis. It centers on a prestigious New York City ballet company and their production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake."As is customary with some productions of the ballet, it requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan.

In the film, Nina (Portman), is a seemingly perfect fit for the White Swan, while Lily (Kunis) has a personality that matches that of the Black Swan. As the pair compete for the part, Nina discovers a disturbing dark side to herself.

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