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The Rock-itt : February 2011
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS Natalie Portman Natalie Portman was born on June 9th, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel, as Natalie Hershlag. She moved from Israel to Washington D.C, before setting in New York when she was young with her mother and father. Portman excelled in school, with her final marks earning her a scholarship to Harvard University. Portman's efforts in school are all the more impressive due to the fact that she begun featuring in films in 1993, with her first big role in Tim Burton's 'Mars Attacks' where she starred alongside Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Natalie Portman became universally known in 1999 as she beat hundreds of hopefuls to win the role of Queen Amidala in 'Star Wars Episode 1'. It is after Star Wars stopped filming, when Portman moved into the dorms at Harvard University where she studied psychology for 4 years, during this time she restricted her acting duties only starring in 'Star Wars Episode 2' along with the odd cameo appearance. In 2004 Portman earned her first Academy Award nomination for her role in 'Closer'. 2006 saw Portman take on her most daring role starring alongside Australian, Hugo Weaving in 'V for Vendetta'. Portman hired a voice coach to help her with the necessary English accent as well as shaving her head. Portman has always been selective of her roles and this continued the following 3 years making only a handful of films including 'Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium, 'The Other Boleyn Girl', and 'Brothers'. It wasn't until recently at this year's Golden Globe Awards that Portman won her first major award taking home the 'Best Actress in a Motion Picture' for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) a twisted re- telling of Swan Lake 'Black Swan'. Portman will team with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Australian, Chris Hemsworth for her next film, 'Thor' which is due to be released in May. Colin Firth Colin Firth was born on 10th September 1960, born to David and Shirley Firth. David Firth was a history lecturer whereas Shirley Firth was a comparative religion lecturer. Firth has two siblings, a sister Kate and a brother Jonathan. Colin Firth spent his childhood traveling from one country (including Nigeria) to another wherever his father's teaching job took him. Colin Firth graduated from the Barton Peveril College in Hampshire. His acting career started in 1980 in a London play 'Another Country'. Before entering the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Colin Firth started making a name for himself in theatre. He first acted in 1983 in the award-winning London stage production of Another Country, which had a film adaptation where he reprised his groundbreaking role in 1984. Three years later, he appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the film version of J. L. Carr's novel, A Month in the Country and subsequently took the lead in the film 'Valmont'. It was the 1995 BBC television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice that marked Colin Firth's wider fame, as he became known as a heartthrob because of his role as Fitzwilliam Darcy. This role also led to his being the object of affection for fictional journalist, Bridget Jones. Firth also starred in Bridget Jones' Diary. Firth began dramatic studies with the National Youth Theatre at 18 and went on to make a significant impression at The Drama Centre London. Fresh out of that program, Firth was surprised to find himself cast as the lead in a West End production of Julian Mitchell's "Another Country," replacing Daniel Day-Lewis in the role of upper class spy-in-the-making, Guy Bennett. At the Venice Film Festival in 2009, Firth was awarded for Best Actor for his role in Tom Ford's 'A Single Man' as a college professor grappling with solitude after his longtime partner dies. Firth's role in 'A Single Man' has earned him career best reviews and Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and BFCA nominations; he won the BAFTA Award as well as Golden Globe award for 'Best Actor in a Motion Picture in 2011 for his portrayal as King George VI in 'The Kings Speech'. Firth will appear in the 2012 adaptation of the John LaCarr'e novel 'Tinkle, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' also starring Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy.