Oh really, media? Ya think?
Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily made an excellent point on her website saying how ballet dancers usually don't get that good unless they start really, really young. Portman started ballet dancing for a year before she played her part and she's nearly 30 years old. Reports were that she did about 5% of the dancing in the movie, the studio who released the film is saying 85%. It doesn't really matter. She didn't win Best Actress Oscar because she danced greatly. It was that she sold it completely. She was Nina. She's in pretty much every single scene of the film. She gives an intense and tortured performance throughout. She was incredible. Whether or not she actually did the dancing is completely irrelevant. I really can't believe people are making a big deal about this.