Category Archives: Natalie Portman

The Best Of The ‘Oscars’ Red Carpet

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'E!' News host Giuliana Rancic in 'Tony Ward Couture'

Natalie Portman in a strapless crimson 'Christian Dior Haute Couture' gown

Jennifer Lopez in heavily beaded 'Zuhair Murad'

Penelope Cruz in a grey lavender shade by 'Armani Privé'

'Bridesmaids' actress Kristen Wiig wore a flesh coloured tiered 'J. Mendel' gown

Wrapped up with a bow...Emma Stone in red 'Giambattista Valli'

Octavia Spencer, ('Best Supporting Actress' winner for her role in 'The Help'), in 'Tadashi Shoji'.

Oh look, it’s Natalie! No, wait, it’s Rachel Stevens…

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After recently becoming a Mum, ex-S Club member Rachel Stevens has been offered a new job as the Red Carpet Correspondent for the BAFTA Awards for Orange. In the advert below, she is dressed as one of her favourites to win the Best Actress gong, Natalie Portman, and is paying homage to the sensational film ‘Black Swan’. She said: “Unfortunately the tutu and make-up isn’t quite right for the red carpet so I’ll be swapping the ballet pumps for heels and a glamorous dress on the night! I can’t wait to present the Orange Wednesdays red carpet show at this years BAFTAs.” The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 13 February.

‘Black Swan’ Film Review

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After much attention from the press, and a first Box Office smash hit for director Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’ has not failed to deliver with this astonishing film about a young woman with aspirations of landing a great role in a ballet show; her opportunity comes along when charismatic French choreographer, Thomas Leroy, casts her to play the prestigious role of not only the white swan, but the black as well. In order to give her greatest performance ever, and be ‘perfect’, like her predecessor, Beth, she must find her inner ‘black swan’ and fully embrace her character. In her persuit of embodying the ‘swan like’ character, she experiments with a completely different lifestyle: one of drinks, drugs and sex. Through this, she is befriended by streetwise rival dancer, Lily (played by rising star Mila Kunis), and the two form an unlikely bond…and trigger an unusual sexual fantasy for Portman’s character, Nina. However, their rivalry intensifies as the opening date draws closer, and the two battle it out to be the star of the show. Having overslept on the opening night, Portman must rush to the theatre and take the stage with minutes to spare after a row with her mother. As the effects of over-working and the stress take their toll on Nina, she struggles to differentiate between what is in her mind, and what is reality…
Star Rating: 4/5
Verdict: A dark take on the competitive world of a ballerina, that will leave you literally on the edge of your seat, and will make you start to question what Nina is imagining, and what you are inferring. Natalie Portman is excellent (if a little thin…she must have taken the role very seriously and trained lots to have the actual ballerina physique, she looks about a Size 0) in this film, and very worthy of her Oscar nomination; I will be surprised if it’s not awarded to her for her efforts! However, this is not a film for the weak-stomached… it features quite a surprising amount of blood!

My Oscar Predictions Are…

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I generally find that the Golden Globes are a great way of predicting the results of the Oscars (that take place in LA at the end of next month).

Natalie Portman collecting her Golden Globe

If Colin Firth doesn’t win the Best Actor award for ‘The King’s Speech’, it will be a crying shame- perhaps the reason I am really hoping he will do, is so that he’ll pay his old college, Barton Pev, another visit whilst I’m still there 😉 No, but seriously it is a great film, and he is such a babe as Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones! 😀 ‘The King’s Speech’ has picked up nominations for over 12 different categories!

On the other hand, there’s been a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding Natalie Portman- the actress, who stars in recent Box Office smash ‘Black Swan’ (which I have yet to see, will be posting a review of it on Thursday), will be sure to collect the award for Best Actress, making it a third award to add to her collection so far this year.

127 hours, Inception & Toy Story 3 are other set winners, and The Social Network will definitely pick up a few awards.