89th Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2017

Why Wasn't Natalie Portman at the Oscars?

05 Mar 2017

Mum's the word!

Notoriously private actress Natalie Portman raised eyebrows when she didn't attend the Academy Awards, especially as she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Jackie.

She had good reason to miss out though! The actress had a little girl, named Amalia, just four days before the event, giving her ample reason to stay home with her bundle of joy.

She released a statement confirming the reason behind her absence, which read: "Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. I feel so lucky to be honoured among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends."

Natalie confirmed her second pregnancy in November last year, during an appearance on The Tonight Show. She also has a five-year-old son with husband Benjamin Millepied.

While the 35-year-old lost out to Emma Stone for the Best Actress award, we're sure she's not complaining. Nothing trumps that new baby smell and the blessing that is motherhood.