Know Your Oscar Films: Black Swan

The Set Up:

Ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is at the top of her game.  Recently chosen to be the Swan Queen in her companies performance of Swan Lake, Nina strives for perfection in her role.  Although perfect as The White Swan, her director (Vincent Cassell) belives she is to timid for the role of the Black Swan.  But as Nina tries to perfect her Black Swan, she comes face to face with fellow ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) in addition to her slowly deterorating mental state.

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell, Winona Rider, and Barbera Hershey

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Written by: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John J. McLaughlin

Natalie Portman

What is it nomintated for?

Best Picture, Best Lead Actress (Natalie Portman), Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Editing (Andrew Weisblum), Best Cinematography (Matthew Labatique)

A total of 5 nominations (tied for 3rd most nominations).

Does it deserve to win?

Black Swan was one of the most powerful films I saw in 2010.  When the credits began to roll, I let out a sigh of relief.  It was finally over.  It’s insane, frantic, and weird.  What may be a flaw to other films is what makes Black Swan so great. Anchored by a fantastic performance from soon to be Oscar winner Natalie Portman, Black Swan deserves everything it has coming to it.



-Meryl Streep was considered to play Nina’s mother, Erica.  What a different movie that would have made.

-Darren Aronofsky gave Mila Kunis the role of Lily over Skype with no audition.  Kunis’ raw sexuality travels through Skype as well, or so it seems.

-Aronofsky pit Kunis and Portman against each other on set to make their on screen relationship more tense.  Jokes on him though; Portman and Kunis were BFF’s long before shooting began.

-This story was originally worked into the plot of The Wrestler, and was going to be about a love affair between a ballerina and a wrestler.  Mickey Rourke would have played the ballerina.

-Natalie Portman twisted a rib and hurt her head during filming.  She also got knocked up shortly after, if anyone cares.