Oscars' Golden Girls: The Class of 2011

Natalie! Annette! Amy! Get the lowdown on the women vying for an Academy Award at this year's ceremony (10 Photos)

Nisha Gopalan on Jan 27, 2011 at 3:32AM

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Oscars' Golden Girls: The Class of 2011

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Natalie Portman

Nomination: Best Actress for Black Swan

She trained in ballet for one year, lost 20 lbs., and bruised a rib. Natalie Portman definitely suffered for her role in Black Swan as a mousy ballerina who descends into madness. "There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could sort of take you down." Of course, the fallout from her efforts was anything but a downer: Now pregnant and engaged to her onscreen dance partner Benjamin Millepied, Portman is a front-runner for the best actress Oscar.

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