I know it’s ridiculous to start calling Oscars before the nominations have even been announced, but sometimes if you say something loud enough and often enough, it comes true. Black Swan is my favorite of the Oscar-buzziest movies (read my review here) and 75% of that is because of Natalie Portman. It’s a great performance and, more importantly, watch her charming the pants off the world in last night’s unusually level-headed interview with Letterman. She even handles Dave’s gushing gracefully and politely. She’s going to be all over the place over the next several months repeating this scene in front of voters and media outlets. It’s dangerous to be a front runner this early, but I doubt she’ll fade like a Mulligan.
This interview is 100% spoiler free. I’ll put up a better quality clip as soon as CBS posts an official one.