Best Actress Nominee Natalie Portman Will Miss Oscars Due To Pregnancy

Natalie Portman decided against attending the Independent Spirit Awards as well as the much-anticipated Oscars ceremony because of her pregnancy. Portman has been nominated for the two awards for her recent starring role in the film Jackie.

Portman, 35 years old, released her statement on Saturday saying that she will be missing the event because she’d miss the event due to her current pregnancy.

“Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends,” read a statement she released via her representative Keleigh Thomas Morgan. 

Pregnancy

Portman is anticipating her second child with her husband, French choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied, who she met while filming the movie Black Swan. Their first child is Aleph, 5 years old.

Portman was nominated for best actress award at the Oscars Sunday, and best female lead for the Independent Spirit Awards, which took place Satuday in Santa Monica. The film is about Jackie Kennedy in the events that unfolded after her husband, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated.

Awards

Throughout the current awards season, Portman had won a Critics’ Choice Award after her performance, which was also nominated for a Screen Actors’ Guild Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and an Independent Spirit Award.

She had previously been showing off her baby bump on other ceremony red carpets, such as at the Golden Globes.

Portman said to Matt Lauer on Today  in November she was anticipating the birth of her baby this spring.

The three-time nominee for an Oscar, Portman finally won in 2011 for a role as a ballerina in a remake of a classic, Black Swan.

La La Land’s star Emma Stone is being widely predicted as the winner of the best actress award on Sunday.