Over the weekend the battle over whether Natalie Portman or her dance double did more of the pirouetting you see on screen in Black Swan raged on, even though the entire argument seems poorly timed.
Earlier this month, Dance magazine's Wendy Perron reported that American Ballet Theatre soloist Sarah Lane was deleted from a video about Black Swan's special effects. When asked for a response, Lane said she was asked to stop giving interviews until after the Oscars. "They were trying to create this façade that she had become a ballerina in a year and a half," she said. "So I knew they didn't want to publicize anything about me."
Last week, Portman's fiance Benjamin Millepied defended her in the L.A. Times, saying of her dancing: