The 90th edition of the Academy Awards is being held today. Unfortunately Natalie will not attend the event, due to the shooting of Vox Lux in New York, but we can compensate by watching again her speech as best actress winner for Black Swan in 2011, which is , according to Entertainment Weekly, the eighth most watched acceptance speech in the history of the awards on YouTube, with 5,6 millions views:
We still have no relevant news … but here we have a few tidbits.
-A few days ago, Mimi Leder, director of Deep Impact or series like Shameless or The Leftovers, confirmed to Screencrush that is going to direct “On the Basis of Sex”, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic. The movie still has no filming dates, but presumably it will be one of the next Natalie’s projects.
-Song to Song, Natalie’s latest movie, will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and UltraHD on July 4th. It will be the first film of the actress that can be seen in 4K in domestic format. This is the provisional cover:
-Finally, Film School Rejects has an interesting article about Black Swan. Undoubtedly the movie by Darren Aronofsky is still remembered, seven years after its release.
We are less than three weeks away from the 74th Golden Globes and with Natalie claiming a best actress nomination for Jackie, I thought it would be fun to take a look at Natalie’s past Golden Globes experiences.
But first, let’s look at her chances this year. Natalie is in the drama category, which means that some of her biggest awards season rivals (like Emma Stone) are not a threat for the Globes. To this end, a Golden Globe win is more likely than winning a second Best Actress Academy Award.
If Natalie wins it will be her third Golden Globes win and take her into a third-place tie for most Actress wins. Meryl Streep is way out front with seven and Shirley Maclaine has four.
In 2000 Natalie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Anywhere But Here. She lost.
In 2005 she was a Best Supporting Actress winner for Closer.
In 2011 she won Best Actress – Drama for Black Swan.
Hopefully, on January 8th, 2017 we’ll see on stage to collect her third win.
It seems incredible that still appear new pictures after more than five years … but this is; here we can see a new behind-the-scenes photo of Black Swan, published by Niko Tavernise (still photographer during the shooting) in his Instagram account:
Here is a small portion of tidbits for all you guys.
Natalie is shooting in Baltimore today, and there are a couple of nice tweets to prove it. The first is the actor Richard E. Grant (Bram Stoker´s Dracula) and the second is David DeBoy (House of Cards), which seems quite impressed by the professionalism of Natalie. Thanks to Kitten for the finds…
Been filming in this military cemetery in Baltimore with Nathalie Portman. Now hurtling on a train to Washington DC! pic.twitter.com/QLZamcKr9F
— Richard E. Grant (@RichardEGrant) February 25, 2016
Just worked with #NataliePortman in torrential rain,wind & mud. A true pro. No complaints. No Ego. Just amazing work. An honor, Ms. NP.
— David DeBoy (@DavidDeBoy1) February 25, 2016
More after the jump…
To take us into the weekend I’ve got some really nice video news items. Grab the popcorn!
– Lets kick things off with a video essay comparing Black Swan with my favourite film of last year, Whiplash. Some nice symmetry but if you haven’t seen Whiplash yet (or Black Swan) make sure you watch the films first because this gives away everything.
– Next up is another video essay, this time focused on the differences between the film version of V for Vendetta and that of the graphic novel. A lot of effort was put into this and it is well worth your time if you’re a fan of the film.
The festival season is about to kick off and with Natalie heading to TIFF we should have quite a lot of news on the way. Until the big stuff, here are some smaller news items.
– You like us, you really like us! I’m proud to say that we hit 100k likes on our Facebook page yesterday. Considering we only set up the page a few years back, that’s not too bad at all. If Natalie doesn’t get her ass in gear this could be on the list of Best News of the Year in next year’s Charlie Awards.
– There is a new interview with Natalie in Greater Paris magazine (its a free download). Nothing too remarkable but I quite liked this blurb.
Ever since I was a little girl, my motto has always been to stay true to myself. Whether it’s playing Princess Padme Amidala in Star Wars or a young revolutionary in V for Vendetta, I strive to ensure that the feelings my characters portray onscreen reflect who I really am deep down. That’s why I truly love cinema, it gives me the incredible opportunity to discover myself a little more with each new role.
– Finally, how amazing are these Mondo vinyl covers for the Black Swan soundtrack?
Black Swan‘s still photographer Niko Tavernise is sharing a new-old photo of Natalie in a Rodarte costume that didn’t make it to the final cut of the film on his Instagram account. Thanks to Belerofonte for the find.
Thanks to Belerofonte, who found two more new-old Black Swan production stills featuring Natalie. Hit the preview to see a never-before-seen photo of Natalie waiting on set with Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique, and a larger version of the White Swan’s entrance over at still photographer Niko Tavernise’s Flickr.
Thanks to Belerofonte, who spotted this never-before-seen production still of Natalie on the set of Black Swan. Hit the preview to view the pic at still photographer Niko Tavernise’s Flickr.
I really want to do the new Charlies today but once again the day slipped away. Tomorrow I promise!
In the mean time, enjoy this really cool video showing off Darren Aronofsky’s great tracking shots, including some of his work on Black Swan. If you like the back of Natalie’s head, this is the video for you.
I wanted to give you guys the next Charlie Awards category but time, she has slipped away from me today. I’ll do that in the morning but for now here is a video comparison between Black Swan and Best Picture winner, Birdman. Personally, while there are some similarities, I think it’s a BIG reach to compare the films. Thanks to Belerofonte.
You love them more than you love your children. It’s tidbits time!
– Let’s begin with The Playlists Top 50 Films of the Decade So Far, which has a position at number 35 for No Strings Attached. What’s that? Sorry, I’ve just been informed that it’s actually Black Swan. Sorry about the confusion. So many great films on that list, makes me really break into movie geek mode.
– Speaking of great films, Wes Anderson has a lot of them. A great supercut of the usage of the colour red and yellow in his films has arrived and there is a TON of Natalie in Hotel Chevalier in there. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that film?
– And finally, an early contender for worst Natalie related news of the year, Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith) has recorded a new version of Janie Get Your Gun for A Tale of Love and Darkness. What’s that? Sorry, I’ve just been informed that it’s actually for Jane Got a Gun, which makes more sense in a “it’s so obvious hit me in the face with a shovel” kind of way.
We’re well overdue for a couple tidbits and that’s exactly what we have today. A couple. Two. Not three. Two. Symmetry.
– Let’s start off with a very DEEP find from “a”. A tweet posted in February, from a regular editor for Terrence Malick, Brian Scofield, in response to critic Guy Lodge musing with someone about the two upcoming Malick films with Natalie. When the topic turned to whether Natalie would be playing the same character, as the films have overlapping casts and many assume that there must be a strong connection between the two films, Brian dropped a very clear answer – Natalie plays completely different characters.
There you have it. Not the biggest news in the world but I’ll take anything I can get from these two mysterious films.
– Next up is a Natalie film that managed to land in 8th place on The Playlists 25 Best Horror films of the 21st century. No, it’s not Mr Magorium.
Melding Cronenbergian body horror with “All About Eve”-style melodrama, and shot with visionary control by Aronofsky, the film is weird, disturbing, hallucinatory and peculiarly beautiful, not least in its glorious climax. It’s still the director’s best, and one of the classier horror pictures of recent years.
A couple films I still need to see off that list and one or two I feel should have made the cut, but I can’t complain about it too much. Some inspired choices.
I’ll be setting up a poll to see if you guys loved Natalie’s Woodstock Film Festival appearance as much as I did, but before we do a pulse check, take a look at the full video of Darren Aronofsky being awarded the Maverick award. Natalie’s speech is short and sweet, while Jennifer Connelly gives it great gusto. Thanks to Kitten for the find.