Below, Portman talks the long gestation period for her Black Swan character, working with Darren Aronofsky, nudity in film, the lack of female directors and avoiding exploitative female roles:
- Pete Hammond looks at why the best actress race is so fierce this year: "There’s clearly something in the water and some performances which, in another year might have actually won, likely will not even end up with a nomination this time around." In alphabetical order, he looks at the actresses and their films. Here's a taste of the top of the list:
ANNETTE BENING in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features) - OSCAR CHANCE: Blooming. It has seemed like it might finally be Bening’s year ever since the picture opened in early July and Focus is determined to campaign heartily for her. Only problem is she must compete with co-star Julianne Moore , also way overdue (see below).
HALLE BERRY in FRANKIE & ALICE (Freestyle Releasing) - OSCAR CHANCE: There are precious few possibilities for anyone of color in this year’s contest and Berry is out working it hard for her indie surprise but she’s already got one gold statuette and this film may just be too small to gain much of a following among her fellow actors this year.
Black Swan dance clip:
- Portman on Letterman: