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Plot, Details & Awards

Black Swan

(2010)

Rated R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.

R In Theaters 12/3/2010 , 108min.
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Plot & Details

'Black Swan' follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Brian Oliver Nominated
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Andrew Weisblum Nominated
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Scott Franklin Nominated
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Natalie Portman Won
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Darren Aronofsky Nominated
2010 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Mike Medavoy Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Andrew Weisblum Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Judy Chin Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Geordie Sheffer Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Therese DePrez Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay John McLaughlin Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Ken Ishii Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Mark Heyman Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Barbara Hershey Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Dan Schrecker Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Tora Peterson Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Dominick Tavella Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Amy Westcott Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Andres Heinz Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Darren Aronofsky Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Natalie Portman Won
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Craig Henighan Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Mila Kunis Nominated
2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Darren Aronofsky Nominated
2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Natalie Portman Won
2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 AFI Fest Film Presented Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film Therese DePrez Won

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Austin Film Critics Best Director Darren Aronofsky Nominated
2010 Austin Film Critics Best Actress Natalie Portman Nominated
2010 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Won
2010 Austin Film Critics Top Ten Film Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Andrew Weisblum Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Judy Chin Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Geordie Sheffer Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Therese DePrez Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay John McLaughlin Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Ken Ishii Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Mark Heyman Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Barbara Hershey Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Dan Schrecker Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Matthew J. Libatique Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Tora Peterson Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Dominick Tavella Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Amy Westcott Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Andres Heinz Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Darren Aronofsky Nominated
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Natalie Portman Won
2010 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Craig Henighan Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2010 Directors Guild of America Best Director Darren Aronofsky Nominated
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