Monday, February 21, 2011

2011 Academy Awards: Will Natalie Portman take home Oscar for Lead Actress?

My call is that Natalie Portman is going to take home the 2011 Academy Award as Lead Actress with Black Swan, but, not without a fight from Nicole Kidman, in Rabbit Hole, where she depicts a woman desperately trying to keep her marriage together after the death of her small child.

But wait, then there is the beautiful Michelle Williams who broke my heart in her portrayal of a woman seeking to bring life back to her marriage in Blue Valentine that juxatoposes vitality of youth and young love with inevitable ennui that sets in after the romatic glitter fades. This one hit way, way too close to home for me.

Then, there is the amazing Jennifer Lawrence who in Winter's Bone portrays a teen in search of her dad who sets out for the Ozarks to find her dad who has jumped a bond with his house in hock, leaving the girl dadless and nearly homeless.

Maybe a little formulaic yet entertaining nonetheless, in The Kids Are Alright, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore depict a lesbian couple raising two kids. A la Mama Mia, at the prodding of their 18-year old daughter, sperm donor dad shows up to shakes things up a bit.

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