Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Natalie Portman makes a quick change at the Toronto International Film Festival as she is tipped for an Oscar for new film Black Swan


By Sarah Bull

Oscar buzz: Natalie is already being tipped for an Oscar for her role in the Darren Aronofsky thriller

Natalie Portman made a quick change at the Toronto International Film Festival today as she promoted her new film Black Swan.

The 29-year-old actress started the day in a casual knitted grey dress and black pumps for a press conference for the film before changing into a pretty black and white ruffled dress and heels for the movie's premiere.

And it's no wonder Natalie couldn't keep the smile off her face, as she has already been tipped for an Oscar for her role in the film, which has received rave reviews at the festival.

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Speaking about the buzz surrounding the film today, Natalie said: 'It's very, very flattering. The best thing you can hope for is that people are entertained and moved by your work. And people are responding really positively.'

In the film, Natalie plays Nina, a prima ballerina chosen to lead a New York City production of Swan Lake in the Darren Aronofsky-directed thriller centred around the relationship between two competing dancers.

Quick change: Natalie Portman wore a grey knitted dress to promote her new film Black Swan earlier in the day at the Toronto International Film Festival and then changed into a ruffled dress for the premiere

Nina's rival Lily, played by Mila Kunis, is a more sensual dancer who exhibits all the innate ease and sexuality that Nina lacks, forcing her to assess how she dances and forging an unusual relationship between the two girls.

Prima ballerina: Natalie plays Nina in the film, which tells the story of a New York production of Swan Lake

Unrecognisable: Natalie wore heavy exotic make-up for her role in the film

Natalie said recently: 'The character was very interesting to play, always challenging and surprising.

'The fact that I had spent so much time with the idea, Darren (the director) and I started discussing doing the film in 2000, allowed it to marinate a little before we shot.'

And Natalie had to undertake intense ballet training to ensure she was in the best shape possible for the film.

Leading ladies: Winona Ryder attended the Black Swan premiere, while Helen Mirren went to the Brighton Rock premiere

Lovebirds: Freida Pinto and Dev Patel at the premiere of Miral at the festival

She said: 'I did ballet until I was 12 and then stopped when I started acting seriously. And then I started again with this film when I was 27. So I did have a decent base and a good turnout.

'But my trainers, including The New York City Ballet's Mary Helen Bowers and Georgina Pazcoguin, were all so instrumental in shaping all of that. I had the greatest people in the ballet world training me.'

The movie also stars Winona Ryder and is released in the UK later this year.

Casual and laidback: Nicole Kidman at the Rabbit Hole press conference and Uma Thurman at the Ceremony premiere

source: dailymail [endtext]

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