What a difference a year makes! No plus one for Natalie Portman this year as she shows off svelte post-pregnancy figure
At last year's Oscars she was heavily pregnant and had the pressure of being a best actress contender.
But it was a different story for Natalie Portman tonight as she waltzed on to the red carpet at the Academy Awards care-free.
The 30-year-old actress put her svelte post-pregnancy figure on show in a red polka-dot dress, eight months after giving birth to son Aleph and a year after she took home the best actress gong for her movie Black Swan.
A winning look: Natalie Portman wears a red vintage polka dot Dior to the 2012 Oscars
Her handsome fiance Benjamin Millepied stood by her side as she made her grand return to the Oscar red carpet.
Last year Portman was resplendent in
regal purple Rodarte at the 2011 Academy Awards as she took home the
Best Actress trophy for Black Swan.
this year, the actress could finally let her hair down now that the
pressure of winning an Oscar no longer rested heavy on her head.
Now and then: Last year, the 30-year-old wowed in Rodarte; now she's donned Dior
She's got the look: The Black Swan star is dropping in Harry Winston diamonds
The Israeli-born stunner decided to have some fun with her frock this year.
Instead of choosing a serious,
glamorous look, the No Strings Attached star opted for a fun red polka
dot-covered vintage Dior dress.
The diminutive actress was literally dripping in Harry Winston diamonds.
A platinum and diamond V-shaped
cluster necklace rested on her delicate throat, while platinum and
diamond drop earrings by the same designer dangled from her lobes.
She also accessorised with a vintage-looking black pillbox clutch.
She kept her make-up minimal, eschewing bright red lips or smoky eyes so that her outfit might take centre stage.
Gorgeous couple: The actress and fiance Benjamin Millipied pose on the red carpet
The look of love: The No Strings Attached star gazes adoringly at her fiance
Portman has taken some time off this year to dote on her son, Aleph, who was born last June.
She announced both her pregnancy and
engagement to her baby's father, ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied, at
the same time in December of 2010.
Picture perfect: Portman won the 2011 Oscar for Best Actress
Golden girl: Then-pregnant Portman held her golden statue in 2011
OSCARS 2012: FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Best Picture: The Artist
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Directing: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Art Direction: Hugo
Costume Design: The Artist
Makeup: The Iron Lady
Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Iran.
Film Editing: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Sound Editing: Hugo
Sound Mixing: Hugo
Documentary Feature: Undefeated
Animated Feature Film: Rango
Visual Effects: Hugo
Original Score: The Artist
Original Song: Man or Muppet from The Muppets
Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Live Action Short Film: The Shore
Documentary (short subject): Saving Face
Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
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