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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.”

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


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Oscars: Michelle Williams on themed hotel room -- at least there was hot water

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It’s too late to take advantage of the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel’s “Blue Valentine Package,” which allowed guests to stay in the Star Gazer Suite, the same chrome-filled, space-themed room where Oscar nominee Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling filmed their nightmare of a weekend getaway in “Blue Valentine.”

And, despite the offer of complimentary Champagne, popcorn and chocolate strawberries, we’re thinking that’s just as well. Even if business or family brought us to eastern Pennsylvania, staying in a hotel room that Gosling likens to the “inside of a robot’s vagina” doesn’t really hold much appeal to us.

But the unfortunate décor of that one particular room shouldn’t put you off the Radisson Valley Forge entirely, Williams says.

“There were a lot of other rooms at that Radisson,” Williams says in an interview with Gosling earlier this season. “Atlantis. The Athens room. We asked about the Leather and Lace room, but it was booked solid.”

“Those rooms are more loved,” Gosling says. “The Star Gazer room is more …”

Williams finishes his sentence, “Trashy.”

“No need to judge it,” Gosling tells her, smiling. “No need to paint it with that brush.”

But despite the room’s Liberace-meets-Stanley Kubrick trimmings, Williams gives it its due when it came to filming the movie’s lengthy shower scene.

“The hot water never ran out,” she says. “And we were in there an awfully long time.”

-- Glenn Whipp

Photo of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times


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