Best actress

<b>Will win:</b> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004205" title="Natalie Portman" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/natalie-portman-PECLB004205.topic">Natalie Portman</a><br>
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In <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0010966" title="Black Swan (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/black-swan-%28movie%29-ENMV0010966.topic">"Black Swan,"</a> Portman is valiant -- until you realize that her director is always shooting her from the waist up, she convinces you that she's a superb dancer. But, off her toes, she can't do much of anything here except act urgently confused, especially around her slimy-genius choreographer (<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000900" title="Vincent Cassel" href="/topic/entertainment/vincent-cassel-PECLB000900.topic">Vincent Cassel</a>) and her bitter, controlling mother (<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002358" title="Barbara Hershey" href="/topic/entertainment/barbara-hershey-PECLB002358.topic">Barbara Hershey</a>).<i>--Michael Sragow</i>

( Jason Merritt, Getty Images / January 31, 2011 )

Will win: Natalie Portman

In "Black Swan," Portman is valiant -- until you realize that her director is always shooting her from the waist up, she convinces you that she's a superb dancer. But, off her toes, she can't do much of anything here except act urgently confused, especially around her slimy-genius choreographer (Vincent Cassel) and her bitter, controlling mother (Barbara Hershey).--Michael Sragow

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