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Few people would ever think to utter "Mickey Rourke" and "Oscar buzz" in the same sentence... but hey, this is Hollywood! Anything can happen.
The Wrestler, a film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Rourke, took home the Golden Lion for best picture at the 2008 Venice Film Festival on Saturday.
In the flick, the 51-year-old star of 9 1/2 Weeks plays a washed up wrestler looking for a second chance in life. Rourke's comeback performance wowed Venice film-goers and has critics buzzing about his chances come award season.