Best Actress Academy Awards Nominees: Natalie Portman

By SMW Staff

This Sunday, five women will get a shot of Oscar gold. They are all more than ready for their close-ups, as you’ll see from their profiles, here:

Natalie Portman‘s full body of work–she’s been acting in movies since the ripe young age of twelve–has shown a depth and intensity few actress can claim at even twice her age.

Black Swan, a psychological thriller, from The Fighter director Darren Aronofsky, gives her a wonderful opportunity to showcase her talents. Add to this that her ballet technique was almost nil prior to shooting the film, and you have even more reason to root for Portman to carry away this year’s Best Actress Oscar.