Natalie Portman’s Oscar speech in 2011 was all that is proper, with crocodile tears and expressions of thanks for everyone she knew. So what has prompted her to throw the golden man under the bus four years later?
If you’re visiting the Israeli-born actress in her Paris home, Natalie Portman’s Oscar is nowhere to be found. But why would that be? Because as an actor receiving one of the top awards in the industry is no small feat and quite an honor, even if you don’t agree with Hollywood’s politics.
The 33-year-old actress was clearly nervous and on the verge of tears when she came on stage to accept the award. Natalie Portman’s Ocasr speech was a moving one in the February, 2011, ceremony and, despite being excited, she managed to thank almost all the brilliant directors she had worked with until then.
“Thank you. Thank you so much. This is insane!. I truly and sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees.
… Besson, who gave me my first job (in The Professional), Closer director) Mike Nichols, who has been my hero. And to everyone who’s ever hired me!
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), you are a visionary, I am so blessed to have gotten to work for you.”
As is common in these situations, Natalie Portman’s Oscar speech also included her family, especially her parents, who instilled her work ethics, and her husband.
“I want to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to work from such an early age. My beautiful love, Benjamin, who has now given me my most important role of my life. Most importantly, my family, my friends, and my love, thank you so much.”
So what has changed to make Natalie Portman’s Oscar so insignificant in her life that she has it hidden away somewhere in her home? We’re not sure, but the Star Wars actress is not as blinded by Oscar, as she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I don’t know where it is, I think it’s in the safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while. I mean, (Black Swan director) Darren (Aronofsky) actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply. I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshiping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is literally worshiping gold idols — if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”
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