Natalie Portman “Black Swan” Performance Earns High Mark

Natalie Portman‘s performance as a mentally troubled ballerina in the “Black Swan” is creating a lot of Oscar-worthy buzz among critics and fans alike at the Venice Film Festival, which opened its 2010 edition on Wednesday.

Portman reportedly underwent difficult training for six months in order to adequately bring to life her role as a technically gifted ballerina whose competitiveness drives her to the verge of insanity and to discover a darker side of her. Aside from her Oscar-buzz-generating performance, Portman is also the talk of Venice due to her steamy lesbian sex scene with co-star Mila Kunis. Portman said that director Darren Aronofsky discussed the sex scene with her the first time they talked about the film some eight years ago. “He described it as: ‘You’re going to have a sex scene with yourself.’ And I thought that was very interesting,” she said.

If indeed “Black Swan” gives Portman an Oscar nomination, it would be her second after 2005’s “Closer,” which earned her an Academy Awards nomination for best supporting actress. “Black Swan” will be released in the North American box office on December 1.

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