Did Natalie Portman Thank Michelle Rodriguez During Her Oscar Acceptance Speech?

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When Natalie Portman won the Best Actress Oscar last night for her role as a ballerina in Black Swan, she thanked all of the usual people: her parents, fiancé Benjamin Millepied, director Darren Aronofsky and...Michelle Rodriguez?

As we scratched our heads, we looked into it and found out that Portman wasn't referring to the star of Machete and Girlfight, but rather to Michelle Rodriguez Nouel, a physical therapist who appeared in the film, and helped Natalie nurse a dislocated rib she sustained while shooting the film.

Aronofsky reportedly forced Portman to stay in character after she was injured, and later claimed that the Oscar-winning actress is undergoing an actual physical therapy session in one scene with the real physical therapist, Michelle Rodriguez.

It's not often that an actress thanks her physical therapist when she wins an Oscar, so that was super classy of Natalie! As she noted, there are a ton of people who work on films who never receive the kind of recognition they deserve.

 


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