Natalie Portman is an American actress who was born in Israel on June 9, 1981. She has had a long and successful career in film, having starred in both blockbusters and indie films, for which she has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.
Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror-thriller Black Swan was released in 2010. Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin, and Andres Heinz wrote the script, which was based on an original story by Heinz. Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder feature in the movie.
The plot centers around the New York City Dance’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet. The production demands a ballerina to play both the innocent and fragile White Swan, which Nina Sayers is an excellent choice for, and the dark and sensuous Black Swan, which Lily, the new competition, better embodies. When Nina finds herself fighting for the part, she is overcome by a sense of great pressure, which causes her to lose her precarious grip on reality and spiral into lunacy.
On September 1, 2010, Black Swan premiered as the opening picture at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. It had a limited release in the United States beginning on December 3, 2010, and then went wide on December 17.
It was a financial triumph, generating $330 million worldwide on a budget of $13 million. The movie received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, for which Portman won Best Actress; and four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, for which Portman won Best Actress. Portman’s performance was named to The New Yorker’s list of the finest film performances of the twenty-first century in 2021.