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Black Swan leads Critics’ Choice nominees after second weekend

by Shannon Harris on December 13, 2010

Darren Aronofsky's much-anticipated film Black Swan received a record 12 nominations on Monday for the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards after its second weekend in theaters.

In addition to critical praise, the movie, which was released on December 5, boasts sold-out screenings across the nation.

The film stars Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers, a New York City ballet company ballerina who vies for the leading role in the company's production of Swan Lake. However, she must compete with Lily, played by Mila Kunis, who threatens to surpass her in her ability to portray the Black Swan, the dark alter-ego of the White Swan. The more Nina attempts to embody this role, the more self-destructive she becomes in her pursuit of perfection.

Black Swan was nominated for Best Picture along with Inception, The Fighter, The Social Network, The Town, 127 Hours, King's Speech, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.

Natalie Portman was also nominated for Best Lead Actress, while Mila Kunis received a Best Supporting Actress nomination and Darren Aronofsky was nominated for Best Director.

According to Reuters, the Critics' Choice Awards "has surpassed the Golden Globes as a leading Oscar predictor," but historically, top Critics' Choice nominees haven't always come out on top. Inglourious Basterds and Nine both were top Critics' Choice nominees earlier this year, but both lost to The Hurt Locker, which went on successfully to the Oscars. Similarly, Slumdog Millionaire surprised everyone when it beat Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the 2009 Critics' Choice Awards.

The Critics' Choice Awards will be broadcast live on VH1 on January 14, 2011 from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

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