Portman was up for Best Female Lead at Saturday's 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, and Best Actress at Sunday's 89th Academy Awards. In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Portman shared her reasons for missing both events:
"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."
Portman's baby is reportedly due right around 2017 Oscars time, so it's probably best to spare her body the extra stress of going to awards shows; she can just watch the event from the comfort of home like the rest of us.
Portman did not win the Spirit Award on Saturday, that went to Isabelle Huppert of "Elle," and she was not expected to win the Best Actress Oscar either. So there was very little pressure on her to attend this year's events.
Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied are expecting their second child, to join son Aleph. Aleph was her Oscar good luck charm back in 2011, when she took home the Oscar for Best Actress in "Black Swan." Portman was pregnant with Aleph at the time, and she gave birth to him in early June 2011.
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