Darren Aronofsky. [5] He told her about a love scene between competing ballet dancers, and Portman recalled, "I thought that was very interesting because this movie is in so many ways an exploration of an artist's ego and that narcissistic sort of attraction to yourself and also repulsion with yourself. Lily / The Black Swan: Vincent Cassel ... Thomas Leroy / The Gentleman: Barbara Hershey ... Erica Sayers / The Queen: Winona Ryder ... Beth Macintyre / The Dying Swan: Benjamin Millepied ... David / The … [4] Portman worked out for five hours a day, doing ballet, cross-training, and swimming. [45], Black Swan had a limited release in select cities in North America on December 3, 2010, in 18 theaters[46] and was a surprise box office success. [76] On January 25, 2011 the film was nominated for five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing) and won one for Portman's performance. Filming & Production Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, makeup department head (as Margie Durand), additional hair stylist (as Valerie Gladstone), special effects makeup assistant (as Emma Jacobs), additional makeup artist (as Angela L. Johnson), prosthetic makeup designer (as Mike Marino), special makeup effects artist (uncredited), first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy), assistant property master (as Jasmine Ballou), construction production assistant (as Noreen E. Souza-Bailey), additional graphic artist: props (uncredited), re-recording mixer / sound designer / supervising sound editor, additional boom person (as Brendan O'Brien), supervising adr editor / supervising dialogue editor, datasat sound mastering engineer (uncredited), special effects coordinator (as Conrad Brink), special effects contact lenses (uncredited), digital compositor: Look Effects (as Cyntia Buell), visual effects executive producer: Look Effects, president: Look Effects (as Mark Driscoll), additional visual effects supervisor: Look Effects, compositor: Look Effects (as Kelly Fisher), flame artist: Look Effects (as David Geoghagen), digital compositor: Look Effects / digital compositor: visual effects, digital compositor: Look Effects (as Danny Kim), 3D artist: Look Effects (as Jessica Y.C. Rojo called the film "lazy ... featuring every ballet cliche going." It received five nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and winning Best Actress for Portman, and received five nominations at the 68th Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Kunis and winning Best Actress for Portman. After learning that Thomas has made Lily her alternate, Nina's hallucinations grow increasingly strong to the point where her mother tries to prevent her from performing on opening night. The director had also seen numerous productions of Swan Lake, and he connected the duality of the White Swan and the Black Swan to the script. [10], Portman and Kunis started training six months before the start of filming in order to attain a body type and muscle tone more similar to those of professional dancers. [33], The Chemical Brothers' music, which is featured prominently during the club scene in Black Swan, is omitted from the soundtrack album. He compared his character to George Balanchine, who co-founded New York City Ballet and was "a control freak, a true artist using sexuality to direct his dancers". Full Cast of Black Swan Actors/Actresses Natalie Portman Winona Ryder Barbara Hershey Mila Kunis Mark Margolis Vincent Cassel Sebastian Stan Janet Montgomery Toby Hemingway Ksenia Solo Abraham Aronofsky Kristina Anapau Tina Sloan Benjamin Millepied Christopher Gartin "[9] The female characters are directed in the Swan Lake production by Thomas Leroy, played by Cassel. N. Natalie Portman. I was concerned if that would affect the suspense, but after a while I said, "screw it, let's go for it. The critic also commended Cassel, Kunis, and Hershey in their supporting roles, particularly comparing Hershey to Ruth Gordon in the role of "the desperate, jealous mother". Principal photography was achieved using Super 16 mm cameras and began in New York City toward the end of 2009. 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