HOLLYWOOD, CA – And the winner is…being veggie! The 83rd Academy Awards was a winning night for animal lovers. Vegan Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress.  The evening’s co-host Anne Hathaway is also a vegetarian, as is presenter Russell Brand. Christian Bale, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, is said to be mostly vegetarian. Even Wolfgang Puck is getting into the act by preparing a veggie risotto paella at the Governor’s Ball with “Black Swan” actress Natalie Portman in mind.

In fact, it seems like being a vegetarian is also good karma for winning the famous gold statue. The long list of talented Oscar winners include Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Russell Crowe, Forest Whitaker, Dustin Hoffman, Anna Paquin, Diane Keaton, Kim Basinger, and many others. A diet free of flesh seems to not only feel good, but look good, too.

Global Animal wants to give a shout out to Natalie Portman and Christian Bale who inspire us by demonstrating their love for animals by choosing a compassionate diet. Congratulations from all of your two-legged and four-legged fans here at Global Animal! – Global Animal

(editor’s note: Thanks to Cheryl, a Global Animal reader who commented below, for the corrections.)

Shawn Adler, MTV

A visibly nervous and very pregnant Natalie Portman was near tears after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Oscars Sunday night (February 27) for her performance as a ballerina on the verge of a mental breakdown in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”

“Thank you. Thank you so much. This is insane!” the 29-year-old first-time Oscar winner enthused after taking the stage. “I truly and sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees.”

Although just the second-youngest of her co-nominees, Portman was previously nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Closer” and has been working with some of the best directors in the business since childhood — and in a rambling speech she nearly managed to thank all of them.

“Luc Besson, who gave me my first job [in ‘The Professional’],” Portman began. “[‘Closer’ director] Mike Nichols, who has been my hero. And to everyone who’s ever hired me!”

“Darren Aronofsky, you are a visionary,” she added of her “Black Swan” director. “I am so blessed to have gotten to work for you.”

Portman saved her most effusive gratitude, however, for her parents, who were in the audience, and especially for her fiancé Benjamin Millepied, with whom she is having a child.

“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,” she gushed. “Most importantly, my family, my friends, and my love, thank you so much.”





    • Cheryl – Thank you very much for the correction. You are absolutely right. In our own editing of the post, we lost the word “supporting” by mistake as were revising a line as a matter of accuracy, but on a different score – Christian Bale’s own vegetarianism can’t be stated definitively because of his measures he takes to gain and lose weight for roles. He also had some fun with a reporter last year regarding whether he was veg or not, though sources that list vegan and vegetarian celebrities and tend to be reasonably up to date do cite Bale as vegetarian.

      Thank you for the quote regarding Gwyneth, too. Our research on her indicates that she’s doing some of her own farming and raising chickens along with growing vegetables. But raising chickens to eat is a very different thing than being vegetarian – and buying buckets of fried chicken, well, that’s pretty much the opposite, isn’t it? While it’s true that Gwyneth and her husband Chris Martin are often referred to as vegetarians, it’d be nice if there was some sort of yearly updates or “check-ups” on who’s consistently veg and who is more transient.

      We appreciate your input, Cheryl. Thanks again for allowing us the opportunity to make the corrections.