Garden State was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards.Her performance as Alice in Closer earned her a Supporting Actress Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.They corresponded after her father returned to Israel and were married when her mother visited a few years later.In 1984, when Portman was three years old, the family moved to the United States, where her father received his medical training.Born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother, Portman grew up in Jericho, New York from the age of three.She studied dancing and acting in New York, and starred in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace while still at high school on Long Island.and was voted Favorite Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards.Also in 2005, Portman filmed Free Zone and director Miloš Forman's Goya's Ghosts.
As a student, Portman co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals.
Portman won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for starring in the 2004 drama Closer, appeared in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith the following year, and won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance and the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her starring role in the political thriller V for Vendetta (2006).
She played leading roles in the historical dramas Goya's Ghosts (2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), and also appeared in Thor (2011) and its 2013 sequel.
In 2010, Portman starred in the psychological thriller film Black Swan.
Her performance received widespread critical acclaim and she earned an Academy Award for Best Actress, her second Golden Globe Award, the SAG Award, the BAFTA Award and the BFCA Award in 2011.
Portman was shown a new draft, and she decided to accept the role.