Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Black Swan



2010 American Feature

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau and Janet Montgomery
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz and John McLaughlin

Synopsis:
After landing the lead in Swan Lake, ambitious New York City ballet dancer Nina Sayers begins to thinks her dreams of stardom are threatened by a rival ballerina. As opening night nears and the pressure to be perfect builds, Nina's obsession descends into paranoia and delusion.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 79% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Portman); also nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Cinematography and Film Editing.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Actress (Portman) and Supporting Actress (Kunis).
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award for Contemporary Film.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actress (Portman); also nominated for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actress (Hershey), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Editing, Sound, Special Visual Effects and Make Up & Hair.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (Portman); also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Kunis), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Score, Editing, Sound and Makeup.
  • Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award nominations for Film of the Year and Film Performance of the Year (Portman).
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama (Portman); also nominated for Motion Picture - Drama, Director and Supporting Actress (Kunis).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Director, Female Lead (Portman) and Cinematography.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography. 
  • Movie Dearest Award Honorable Mention for Woman of the Year (Portman).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography.
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (Portman).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Portman); also nominated for Outstanding Cast and Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Kunis).
  • Venice Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award (Kunis).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Original Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Jennifer Connelly, Eva Green, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Meryl Streep and Rachel Weisz.
  • The role of the "Jaded Piano Player" is played by John Epperson, better known by his drag alter ego Lypsinka. Epperson really did work as a rehearsal pianist for the American Ballet Theatre during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • Because of the extensive use of the music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Clint Mansell's score was deemed ineligible to be entered into the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Original Score.

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