Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams Engage in a Scent-ual Smackdown

02/28/2011 at 06:30 PM ET

Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams Fragrance Ad
MOCA and Francesco Vezzoli

Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams were the picture of humility and grace while battling it out for best actress honors at Sunday’s Academy Awards — but behind closed doors have the stars been a bit more rough and tumble? In a satirical short conceived by artist Francesco Vezzoli and directed by Roman Polanski, the actresses mock the type of commercial seduction traditionally employed by fragrance advertisements. Set in an elegant boudoir, the starlets orbit a bottle of the imagined fragrance Greed, but when Williams gets a little too hands-on, the two engage in some Black Swan-style combat. Now that’s what we call a red-carpet showdown! For a limited time the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has transformed the MOCA website into an exhibition space for Greed, A New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli, where you can check out the 60-second short. –Justine Harman

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Why would these young women work with a known pedophile like Roman Polanski? No self-respect? A lack of concern for children?

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