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Academy Awards 2011: Nominees' reactions

'Black Swan,' which stars Natalie Portman as a troubled ballerina who explores her dark side, earned five Oscar nods for the 2011 Academy Awards, including Actress in a Leading Role, Directing and Best Picture. 'I am so honored and grateful to the Academy for this recognition," Portman said in a statement. 'It is a wonderful culmination of the ten-year journey with Darren to make this film. Making 'Black Swan' is already the most meaningful experience of my career, and the passion shown for the film has completed the process of communication between artists and audience. I am so thankful for the support we have received and I share this honor with the entire cast and crew of the film, especially Darren Aronofsky.' This is Portman's second Oscar nomination. She received an Academy Award nod for her role in the 2004 movie 'Closer.' She has also starred in the new 'Star Wars' films as Padme and in the movies 'V for Vendetta' in 2006 and 'The Professional' in 1994.  (Pictured: Natalie Portman stars in the ballet thriller 'Black Swan'.) <span class=meta>(Fox Searchlight Pictures)</span>
February 7, 2011 8:53:03 AM PST