EXCLUSIVE: Annihilation star Natalie Portman to skip Oscars as work toll mounts

With all the celebrities gearing up for the upcoming Oscars, Natalie seems to have her own things to do on that particular day.

                            EXCLUSIVE: Annihilation star Natalie Portman to skip Oscars as work toll mounts

Natalie Portman has never been one to pull her punches when it comes to her opinions on controversial subjects, like the male-heavy Oscar nominations this year. So needless to say watching her sashaying down the red carpet at Hollywood's biggest event was something we were all looking forward to. Unfortunately, the star will be making her presence felt at the Academy Awards -- which will be held on Sunday, March 4 -- by staying away. 

The actress is reportedly caught up with work (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The actress will not be be adding her glam quotient to the star-studded event. A source close to the actress told Meaww that the reason behind her absence was the considerable amount of work piled on Portman's plate. The actress has got two new films in the pipeline, 'Vox Lux' and 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan'. Another source explained that while there was speculation that Portman's absence was a sign of protest, the truth is far more bland. "She's just got a lot of work to do on her upcoming films," the sources told Meaww.  

Last month Portman spoke out about a percieved gender bias that she claimed existed even within the nomination process at the Golden Globe. When presenting the award in the Best Director category, Portman stuck the knife in by saying: "And here are the all-male nominees. 

Twitter promptly exploded with support for Portman's stance. "I gotta say that what Natalie Portman did by adding the word "male" to the introduction for best director took some serious guts. Did you see the awkward looks? That's the face of change," one fan wrote. 

"And here are the all-male nominees," says Natalie Portman SO GUTSY & RUDE, as she presents the best-director nominees. Whoa," wrote another.

She was applauded for her recent Golden Globe comment (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Environmental Media Association)

Portman has been a strong voice in both the 'MeToo movement' and the 'Time's Up' movements, and has delivered some rivetting speeches for both causes. 

Earlier, during an interview with Porter Magazine, the actress also gave an eye-opening recount of how she has "100 stories" of sexual harassment in Hollywood which also included receiving "rape fantasy fan mail" when she was just 13-years-old.  

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