Monday, January 17, 2011

Natalie Portman Wins Best Actress Award at the Golden Globes

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Natalie Portman won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in 'Black Swan.  She beat out Halle Berry - 'Frankie and Alice' Nicole Kidman - 'Rabbit Hole' Jennifer Lawrence - 'Winter's Bone' and Michelle Williams - 'Blue Valentine'. 

Sunday's win is the second trophy Portman has picked up in three days. The starlet also nabbed Best Actress at the Critics' Choice Awards on Friday. Both wins bode well for Portman at the Oscars. 

As I stated in an earlier blog Portman give an amazing performance. Not only was it the greatest performance of her career, but one of the best performance ever.  What is also intriguing about Portman's performance is that it came under the direction of Aronofsky.

Aronofsky's direction in The Wrestler is credited for Mickey Rourke's comeback performance.  As Bob Strauss of the Los Angeles Daily News wrote Rourke was one of the most talented actors of the 1980s, had alienated collaborators, made bad career choices and generally misbehaved himself almost entirely out of the movie business, even spending a few years in the 1990s focused on a professional boxing career.  As a result his performance in The Wrestler Rourke garnered the Best Male Lead at the Film Independent's Spirit Awards as well as a 2009 Golden Globe Best Actor award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts [BAFTA] Best Actor award, and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role.

Although she didn't fare as well as Natalie Portman or Mickey Rourke, Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Awards for Best Actress  and the Golden Globes Best Actress for her portrayal of Sara Goldfarb in Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream.

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