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Oscars: Natalie Portman wins for lead actress

Natalie Natalie Portman won the Oscar for lead actress for her performance in “Black Swan” at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. It was the first Oscar win for the 29-year-old mother-to-be who played a prima ballerina descending into madness. Portman was considered the favorite to win the Academy Award, having already won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA award, the British equivalent of the Academy Award.

Portman was competing against Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right,” Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone” and Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine.”

The Academy Awards are taking place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. We'll carry all the breaking news and reaction here on Awards Tracker.

-- Susan King

Photo: Natalie Portman accepts her Oscar from Jeff Bridges. Credit: Getty Images.

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'Black Swan' leads nominations for Gold Derby Film Awards

"Black Swan" has soared off with the most nominations (12) for the Gold Derby Film Awards, which are decided by The Envelope's forum posters. "The Social Network" and "Inception" are tied for second place with 10 each. Oscar front-runner "The King's Speech" earned six bids. Winners will be announced Feb. 19. You can cast your vote here after registering in our forums, which you'll find on the link.

Black swan 393The awards were launched in 2002 by our posters, who chose "Chicago" as best picture but veered from Oscar preferences in the races for best director (picking Peter Jackson for "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" over Roman Polanski for "The Pianist"), lead actress (Julianne Moore for "Far From Heaven" instead of Nicole Kidman in "The Hours") and supporting actress (Meryl Streep in "Adaptation" instead of Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago"). In 2004, voters opted for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" as best picture over Oscar choice "Million Dollar Baby," and in 2008 they preferred "Wall-E" to "Slumdog Millionaire." Click here for a list of winners in other years.

Below is a partial list of this year's nominees. See more in our forums.

2010 Gold Derby Film Awards nominees

Motion picture
"Black Swan" (Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver)
"Inception" (Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas)
"The Kids Are All Right" (Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray)
"The Social Network" (Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin)
"Toy Story 3" (Darla Anderson)

Director
"Black Swan" (Darren Aronofsky)
"The Ghost Writer" (Roman Polanski)
"Inception" (Christopher Nolan)
"127 Hours" (Danny Boyle)
"The Social Network" (David Fincher)

Lead actor
Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels in "Shutter Island"
Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network"
Colin Firth as King George VI in "The King's Speech"
James Franco as Aron Ralston in "127 Hours"
Ryan Gosling as Dean in "Blue Valentine"

Lead actress
Annette Bening as Nic in "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman as Becca in "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly in "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams as Cindy in "Blue Valentine"

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DGA announces list of presenters for Saturday ceremony

Martin Scorsese 
It will be a star-studded affair Saturday night at the annual DGA award ceremony, with such luminaries as Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese on hand to honor this year's best directors. Also attending will be a slew of this year's Oscar nominees, including Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone"), Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") and Natalie Portman ("Black Swan").

Other directors on hand to recognize the DGA recipients are Michael Apted, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola and DGA President Taylor Hackford. Carl Reiner will return as the host for the 63rd annual award show at which either Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"), Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"), Christopher Nolan ("Inception") or David O. Russell ("The Fighter") will walk away with the top prize of the evening.

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Martin Scorsese. Photo credit: Abbot Genser/HBO.


Oscar nominations: Jennifer Lawrence 'so can't believe it'

Jennifer lawrence 
For first-time Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence, the announcements Tuesday morning were a family affair. "I woke up and watched it with my family and friends," says the 20-year-old star of "Winter's Bone."

Adding to the shock of hearing her name announced, as well as that of her costar John Hawkes, and the film itself in the best picture category, is that since playing the poverty-stricken Ozark teen, she's been filming an "X-Men" project.

"It was really enjoyable -– we were in London -- it was just really fun. I was excited about the change. It was cool to do something so completely opposite," she said.

So how does it feel to be headed to the Academy Awards? "I’m not too nervous," she said. "I’m mostly excited. I so can’t believe it -– I keep feeling like I’m not cool enough to be invited to any of these parties."

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Photo: Jennifer Lawrence. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times



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