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LOS ANGELES -
Natalie Portman won the best actress Academy Award on Sunday for her
role as an unhinged ballerina in Black Swan.
Israeli-American was considered the strong favorite for the award,
having dominated the various awards shows leading up to the Oscars.
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trained five hours a day for six months to prepare for Black Swan, a
project she and director Darren Aronofsky first discussed about nine
years ago. When they started shooting the film in 2009, it had not
secured any financing.
Her character, desperately insecure and
possibly still a virgin, contends with professional jealousies and
rivalries as she secures the dual lead roles in "Swan Lake."
film was a commercial and critical hit, with worldwide ticket sales of
more than $200 million. As a bonus, Portman last year announced she was
pregnant and would marry the baby's father, a dancer she met on the
"Black Swan" set. She previously received an Oscar nomination in 2005,
for her supporting role in "Closer."
Portman's rivals were four-time nominee Annette Bening for The Kids Are
All Right, previous Oscar winner Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole,
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone, and Michelle Williams for Blue
Israel was also given the spot light for a brief moment when directors
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon won the Oscar for their film Strangers No More in the category for Documentary Short Subject.
40-minute American film about South Tel Aviv's diverse Bialik-Rogozin
School focuses on the sagas of three foreign, non-Jewish pupils – Esther
from South Africa, Mohamed from Darfur and Johannes from Eritrea. The
film shows how the school has taken kids from all backgrounds, with the
most tragic histories, and given them a new life in a humane environment
where race, religion and nationality don’t matter.
Speech took home the top Academy Award, for best picture, giving the
British royals drama a total of four Oscars at Sunday's ceremony.
acclaimed film about the efforts of the future King George VI to
overcome a crippling stammer went into the event with a leading 12
nominations. It won such key awards as best actor for its star, Colin
The best picture award was accepted by its producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin.
The following is a compete list of winners at the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday:
- Best picture - The King's Speech
- Best director - The King's Speech (Tom Hooper)
- Best actor - Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
- Best actress - Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
- Supporting actor - Christian Bale (The Fighter)
- Supporting actress - Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
- Original screenplay - The King's Speech (David Seidler)
- Adapted screenplay - The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
- Foreign language film - In a Better World (Denmark)
- Animated feature - Toy Story 3
- Original song - We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Randy Newman)
- Original score - The Social Network (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
- Film editing - The Social Network (Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter)
- Cinematography - Inception (Wally Pfister)
- Sound Mixing - Inception (Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, Ed Novick)
- Sound editing - Inception (Richard King)
- Visual effects - Inception (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb)
- Art direction - Alice in Wonderland (Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara)
- Costume design - Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood)
- Makeup - The Wolfman (Rick Baker, Dave Elsey)
- Documentary feature - Inside Job
- Documentary short subject - Strangers No More
- Live action short film - God of Love
- Animated short film - The Lost Thing