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Why was Natalie Portman nominated as supporting actress for Closer?

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    To me she was not only the clear standout of the film but to me she was also the lead and should have been nominated as lead actress. It felt like all four characters were main characters but if I had to pick one true lead I feel that it would be Portman. She opened and closed the film and ultimately it’s about her journey and the rest of the characters are just supporting her story. What do you think?

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    She’s supporting in my opinion. Julia is the lead.

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    It’s been years (basically since it came out) since I’ve seen CLOSER but I did feel like Portman was Supporting.

    Maybe she still had a healthy amount of screen time but it did feel like Supporting.

    I do always like these kinds of discussions because it is interesting to see how some people interpret a performance.

    I know some have called Rachel Weisz a LEAD in THE CONSTANT GARDENER, but that’s a case where I don’t see how that’s possible since is gone for the movie for more than half the time.

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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    Natalie is clearly the lead of the film. I remember reading here that Julia wanted to go lead so they relegated Natalie to supporting, not sure if it’s true.

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    Natalie is clearly the lead of the film. I remember reading here that Julia wanted to go lead so they relegated Natalie to supporting, not sure if it’s true.

    Portman didn’t have the clout to insist on Lead placement with Julia Roberts in the same movie. Just like Julia had to take supporting when she was in a movie with Streep.

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    Eh, I’m fine with the supporting placement. The film takes the four leads of the play and shifts the focus a bit; Law and Roberts are the leads, with Portman and Owen moving to supporting positions of their respective partners. I would not balk at lead placements for all four actors, but it would also feel a bit strange, considering two of the characters are more central than the remaining two.

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