Natalie Portman’s Black Swan Golden Globe Acceptance Speech

Did you guys watch last night? I thought she looked radiant, and her speech was really sweet. She seemed genuinely happy about both the film and her personal life. She still seemed to be in a state of blissful shock about the latter. I found the part where she reminded the audience about Benjamin Millepied’s character smirking when Vincent Cassel’s character asked him if he would sleep with Portman’s black swan, then said, “see – he’s a good actor because he really does want to sleep with me!” sweetly innocent, though I can imagine some might have thought it a bit crass or childish. Millepied to me looked a little out of his element though. He looked uncomfortable when the camera focused on him.

Some dance fans on Twitter noted that Portman thanked everyone involved in the film but the dancers. I think that’s more of a testament to the fact that this wasn’t really a dance film – the other dancers had the relevance and necessity of extras – than to any forgetfulness on her part.

Dance film or not, I’m glad she won. I think she was by far the best of the actresses nominated in her category.

And did you guys see Jackie Reyes sitting next to Aaron Sorkin! I know one person did! I guess she’s no longer with ABT though; she’s now a student at Columbia. I wonder why she left ABT. Though she was in the corps she always stood out to me and she was only 24 and had time to work toward a promotion…

I’m also glad The Social Network won so many awards, including the biggest – best film. I think it had the most reach and breadth and depth and importance of the films nominated. It also had great acting by everyone all around, great writing, great story-telling – everything you’d expect an award-winner to have. I wished Jesse Eisenberg could have won for best actor because I think he did a tremendous job. He found the vulnerability in that character and really created sympathy for him – that’s hard to do when your character is generally a supreme jerk. But there was no way with him going up against Colin Firth.

And speaking of social networks these days, I don’t know how many of you are on Twitter, but as I was watching I was following the #goldenglobes hashtag. I love doing that now when I’m watching something popular. I do it often during big sports games now. It’s one of my favorite things about Twitter because you can connect with people all over the country – all of the world really – who you don’t know but who are doing the same thing you’re doing at that moment. And sometimes people say very funny, clever things – especially during a big celebrity fest like this.

Anyway, Twitter puts the “top tweets” on a given subject at the top of its hashtag list. These are usually – or have been in the past – the tweets that have been the most re-tweeted. This is a way of rewarding the funninest, wittiest tweets on something, or a tweet that has resonance to many – people re-tweet and those tweets rise to the top of the list. Well, last night as I was following along on the hashtag, all of a sudden a tweet by Paramount was suddenly planted at the top. And it was obviously an advertisement for one of their films. It wasn’t a tweet that was clever or funny and had been re-tweeted. I assume the studio had purchased it as ad space from the Twitter execs. That’s what it seemed like anyway. And then several tweets like that started appearing at the top of the hashtag list. If you were reading on a cell phone with a small screen, you had to do some real scrolling down every time you refreshed the page to see the newest tweets.

After a while it became annoying and I just stopped following the hashtag. It really kind of saddened me though. What would Mark Zuckerberg say? According to The Social Network, at first he didn’t want advertising on Facebook because he thought it would ruin it by being too intrusive, not to mention corny. And he was right. But at least on Facebook the advertisements don’t interfere with your ability to use the site for what it’s for – to socialize.

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  1. I wonder if the ballet world has ever been so well represented at a major awards show? I don’t know if anyone not related to the dance world knew who Ben and Jackie were, but I thought it was fun spotting them. Did you catch this article in the New York Times about dancers moving on to academics? Jackie Reyes is featured. Here’s the link:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/arts/dance/05columbia.html?scp=1&sq=alexandra%20ansanelli&st=cse

    • Thank you for that link, Krystin! I hadn’t seen it. It’s really interesting what Reyes says about how you have to be so single-minded in ballet. It seems like to me the dance artists who’ve most excelled and driven the art form in the past have been those who aren’t single-minded, so it’s really disturbing to me to hear her (and many others I’ve heard say the same over the years) say such a thing. What does the ballet world do to you? It’s funny that the Columbia director in that article kind of equates ballet with military schools – since that’s where he says many of the general studies people there come from. It does seem to be a kind of military regime where discipline and doing what others say is everything.

      Anyway, thanks for the link – very interesting.

      I agree – I definitely haven’t seen the ballet world represented like that in the movie industry in a really really long time. So fun!

  2. I completely understand what Reyes is saying about being single-minded in ballet. I was in the ABT summer intensive in New York a couple of the same years that Reyes was, and I remember watching her dance. She was beautiful. However, my time at ABT was what led me to realize that I did not want a career in ballet. I realized that I was unwilling to let my entire life be consumed by my desire to be in a major ballet company. While I found the company dancers awe-inspiring, I realized that I would have to sacrifice my health and self-esteem to reach their level. I was a very tall dancer, and while I was quite thin I felt that to achieve the level I wanted I would need to adopt unhealthy eating habits. I couldn’t rationalize this thought…which was what led me to stop pursuing ballet.

    I will always love the art form, and I am so glad that there are people who can devote their whole lives to it. But to me it always felt like it was all or nothing. I wanted to go to college and I love writing. Since quitting ballet I graduated from college with a Journalism degree and worked as a reporter. Now I work in state government utilizing graphic design and writing skills. Ballet will probably always be my strongest passion, but after I quit was when I began to really grow. However, in an ideal world my day job would be located in NYC where I could spend my evenings enjoying NYCB and ABT :) (And now I’m stepping off of my soap box!)

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