Director: Darren Aronofsky
Movie: Black Swan
Synopsis: Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance.
She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her.
When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice.
But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality.
Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Aronofsky has never won a Golden Globe.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is his first nomination.
Awards For Film: He has already been nominated for Best Director at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Satellite Awards and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association.
Critics: “Further establishes Darren Aronofsky as one of the true visionaries of contemporary American cinema.” - Montreal Film Journal
“There's a delirium that runs through Black Swan, a sense of stress and anguish and mad momentum, that's both exhilarating and terrifying.” - Detroit News
“Darren Aronofsky has made one of those rare movies that gets right in your face and demands a response: Love me, hate me, just don't mess with Mister In-Between.” - Globe and Mail
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