Posted by: S | March 28, 2011

Black Swan: Battle for Center Stage

After seeing that not one, but three articles were posted today on Entertainment Weekly, I learned that dance double Sarah Lane claimed that she did 95% of Natalie Portman’s dancing in the movie Black Swan.  It appears that the media has been in a frenzy both questioning and defending the actress’ body of work that earned her the Oscar for Best Actress.  Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky came to the defense of Portman, claiming that he had the shots counted, and that 90% of the dancing was done by Natalie, not her (what would seem to be) lying dance double. 

Now, I’m no member of the Academy, but the Oscar is called Best Actress, not best dancer.  So forgive me if I’m wrong, but the Academy Awards are not code for “best actors who truly possess the skill set they’re claiming to show on screen”.  So maybe Natalie really did dance those scenes.  Maybe dance double Sarah Lane did.  But most importantly, who really gives a shit? This should not be news either way.


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