Where Natalie Portman goes, Oscar buzz follows. After nabbing the well-deserved best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of mentally-disturbed ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (the director's in town this week), Portman has gone on to critically-forgettable roles in films: No Strings Attached, Thor and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She's definitely making her award-worthy comeback this year, with films such as Jackie and Planetarium (also starring Lily-Rose Depp) under her belt.
While there hasn't been a release date in Singapore yet, Jackie's already garnering attention with previews in America (the film's release in their side of the world will be on 2 December). Following the life of Jacqueline Kennedy (or Jackie, for short) in her time as First Lady going through the assassination of her husband, then President John F. Kennedy, the story's also told through the lens of an interview with Life magazine a week after Kennedy's death.
If you've seen the teaser and trailer that have been unveiled in anticipation of the film's release, you'll already be taken by Portman's performance. Each shot recalls the iconic scenes in American and pop culture history: Mrs. Kennedy in her Christian Dior red wool dress for a televised tour of the White House on Valentine's Day in 1962, donning the double-breasted pink Chanel suit and pillbox hat on the day of her husband's assassination (which she famously kept on, albeit blood-stained, throughout the day's ordeal) and kneeling down with her children at Kennedy's coffin, for the world to see.
On this day 53 years ago, a husband and wife were seated in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, when said husband was brutally shot. You know President Kennedy through books, movies, conspiracy theories, even — but it's now Jackie's turn to tell her story. See the pictures below to see how Portman has embodied this iconic personality.
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