Natalie Portman took a comfortable victory in spite of a very tough category with three 1st placed votes and one 2nd placed vote gifting her eighteen points, some eleven points clear of her nearest challenger. The role is a coming of age performance from an actress whose output has not always lived up to the talent that she first showed in Luc Besson’s Leon all those years ago. Everything about her turn in Black Swan is compelling from her anguished, authentic facial expressions to her impeccably trained movements and underconfident vocals. It is a performance that reeks of intense practice and completely absorbs you into the film’s twisted, surreal vision. On a sidenote I have to say that I thought Jennifer Lawrence and Annette Bening were both also superb and gave two of my favorite performances of the past five years proving just how good the winner had to be to comfortably finish first in such a manner.
1.) NATALIE PORTMAN (BLACK SWAN) – 18 POINTS
3 x 1st place, 1 x 2nd place
2.) ANNETTE BENING (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) – 7 POINTS
1 x 1st place, 2 x 3rd place
3.) HAILEE STEINFELD (TRUE GRIT) – 5 POINTS
1 x 2nd place, 2 x 3rd place
4.) NICOLE KIDMAN (RABBIT HOLE) – 1x 2nd place, JENNIFER LAWRENCE (WINTER’S BONE) – 1 x 2nd place – 3 POINTS