Our fourth Best Actress nominee is Natalie Portman, for Black Swan. She plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina whose ultimate quest is to play the lead role in Swan Lake. This requires not only the grace of the White Swan, but the beguiling of the Black Swan. Portman’s character embodies the White Swan, but has little to no grasp of how to be the Black Swan. This is the story of her twisted journey to that role, as well as a competitor in her eventual understudy, who embodies the qualities of the Black Swan. Portman has always had a reputation of a strong acting ability and good work ethic, but this role proves she belongs just where she is right now…at the top of her game.