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Black Swan Nominated for Best Picture and More!

Posted by on February 27, 2011 at 8:03 PM EST

black swan oscarBlack Swan is nominated for five Oscar’s tonight inlcluding Best Picture.

The Darren Aronofsky directed Black Swan seemed destined to be an Oscar nominee (Best Picture) long before the movie was ever released. Just the buzz surrounding it during filming was loud enough to make people sit up and pay attention. The rumors ran wild: The movie was a head trip. There was an aggressive lesbian sex scene between stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Natalie Portman was giving the performance of her career. There was even a rumor (supposedly slightly true) that Portman’s dad read the script and didn’t want her to do it so when she took the part he wouldn’t talk to her for a long time. They had a falling out because he felt it was inappropriate that she be in a movie that has her be this bold, raw and sexual.

When Best Picture nominated Black Swan came out it was one of those rare gems that actually lived up to the hype. Portman is a revelation in it. She stars as Nina Sayers a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. She is consumed with dance and lives her life for it. Her mother, whom she lives with, is also obsessed with Nina’s success. When it is announced that they will be performing Swan Lake as their next production Nina is chosen as the new prima ballerina. The dance company’s director Thomas thinks Nina is perfect for the white swan, but she might not be dark enough for the black swan. Her competition for the role comes in the form of Lily played by Mila Kunis who is sexy, dark and wicked. In short, she is everything that Nina is not. The two form a bond, an obsession with each other and Lily helps Nina tap into that dark side. Nina struggles to hold it all together and not fall apart. She has everything she has worked for and now might crumble under the weight of it.

Aronofsky is known for taking a cold hard look at people, situations and characters that most will overlook. With Black Swan he does for ballet what he did for professional wrestling with The Wrestler. He tears the pretty façade off and shows us its dark underbelly. Portman leads the charge into that darkness without fear or hesitation. She is perfection in her role and is deserving of every accolade she has reaped for this movie.

Black Swan has been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar as well as four other awards including best leading actress for Natalie Portman, Best Editing, Best Directing and Best Cinematography.



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