Pregnancy Kept Natalie Portman From the Oscars, But She Had the Last Laugh

Natalie Portman's baby bump provided one of the funniest moments of the 2017 Oscars...and the nominated actress wasn't even in the building.

...And the Oscar for cutest baby bump cameo goes to Natalie Portman, who managed to bring the laughs at an otherwise intense awards show.

Natalie was nominated in the best actress category for her work in Jackie, but she wasn't able to attend this year's Oscars because #thirdtrimesterproblems. Still, she managed to make a small—yet adorable!—appearance during the event.

It happened during a video segment: Host Jimmy Kimmel brought a running bit from his own talk show into the proceedings by rolling out clips of celebrity nominees reading mean tweets about themselves. Natalie made a surprising little appearance...but it was her baby bump that really stole the show.

"I feel like if you went to lunch with Natalie Portman she would only order a hot tea with lemon and maybe some toast. Definitely not an entree though," Natalie read. Then, the actress turned to the side to give viewers a good look at her bump and whispered "you are wrong."

Let's remember that this came from the same woman who confessed to eating before awards shows for fear she'd be stuck without food and admitted that she's been craving burritos during her pregnancy—it's safe to say the mean Twitter user was, in fact, very wrong.

As you might recall, Natalie's first pregnancy ushered in her biggest career highlight to date: She won an Oscar for her role in Black Swan while carrying her son, Aleph. While theories that pregnancy might be Natalie's awards season good luck charm didn't quite pan out (she did not take home the best actress award this year), it looks like the leading lady will be welcoming her second child very soon...and that's actually better than an Academy Award, right?

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