Natalie Portman, apparent soon-to-be Oscar winner
Evidently Natalie Portman already has this year's Academy Award for best actress all sewn up. At least the media buzz coming out of the Venice Film Festival -- where her "Black Swan" just premiered -- is making it sound that way.
Deadline.com puts Portman in Oscar front-runner position based on reviews coming out of London newspapers. ("Portman is astounding," says the Times of London).
Indiewire also positions her in the award-worthy category, with critic Anne Thompson noting that director Darren Aronofsky "pulls the best performance ever out of Natalie Portman." (For the record, veteran film critic Todd McCarthy -- also writing in Indiewire -- praises the "almost frighteningly credible" performance by Winona Ryder. Maybe this will finally mark a more solid comeback for her?)
And New York Magazine's Vulture blog also elevates Portman's status with yet another post chock-full of critical plaudits for the former Queen Amidala's performance. Given the recent positive response to the "Black Swan" trailer (a positive response that presumably wasn't entirely related to Portman's kiss with Mila Kunis), overall prospects are looking positive for this ballet thriller. (There really aren't enough horror movies that feature pliés, in my humble opinion.)
Of course, it's obviously a wee bit early to start marking ballots for the Oscars. Other potentially very worthy performances from some fine actresses haven't been seen yet.
But for those who relish the frantic, often nebulous world of trophy-potential buzz, not to mention Portman herself, this is good news. Despite the fact that Labor Day hasn't even arrived, this means that award season is totally on.
| September 2, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Movies | Tags: The Contenders
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