Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Black Swan dominates Spirit Awards

Natalie Portman was a winner at the Independent Spirit Awards

The ballet thriller Black Swan won four prizes at the Spirit Awards honouring independent film, including best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman and director for Darren Aronofsky.

James Franco was picked as best actor for the survival story 127 Hours, while the Ozarks crime story Winter's Bone earned both supporting-acting prizes, for John Hawkes and Dale Dickey.

All three films are up for best picture at the Academy Awards, where Portman is considered the favourite to win the best-actress Oscar and Franco is a co-host alongside actress Anne Hathaway.

With plenty of overlap among nominees at the Oscars, the Spirit Awards are a warm-up for Hollywood's biggest party.

The British monarchy saga The King's Speech, the best-picture front-runner at the Oscars, won the prize for best foreign film.

Black Swan also took the cinematography award for Matthew Libatique.

Portman and Aronofsky joked about the difficulty in getting Black Swan off the ground, with cash tight and few people believing the film could ever make its money back.

"My ballet teachers were, like, every day, 'So when do we get paid?'," said Portman, who won for her role as a ballerina losing her grip on reality.

Aronofsky said he has been blessed with fearless actors in all of his films and had gushing praise for Portman.

"To have this incredible performer give you everything she's got and then train for a year. I'll always be in debt to Miss Natalie Portman," Aronofsky said.

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Read the fine print on a contract. If you're not happy with the proposed terms of a deal, renegotiate. Don't be afraid to drive a hard bargain. You may not realise it, but you have a great deal of power. People are willing to pay good money for someone with your intelligence and experience. If you undersell yourself, you will set a dangerous precedent. Someone will ask you to do something that goes against your conscience. Obey your principles, even if it means making an enemy.More