Natalie Portman Says She’s ‘Grateful’ For SAG As She Wins Best Actress

'Black Swan' star praises Screen Actors Guild in acceptance speech.

Natalie Portman managed to work both an expletive and a “Professional” comment into her speech as she accepted her latest award for [movie id=”433331″]”Black Swan.”[/movie]

“I’ve been working since I was 11 years old, and SAG has taken care of me,” Portman said Sunday (January 30) as she accepted the statue for best female lead at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium. The Israeli-born Portman’s first major role was opposite Jean Reno in director Luc Besson’s “The Professional.”

“They made sure that I wasn’t working too long and made sure that I got my education while I was working. I’m so grateful to have this union protecting me every day,” she said.

Portman thanked her castmates, director Darren Aronofsky (“who I love so much”), her ballet trainer and her parents, “who always taught me to work my hardest and never be an a–hole.”

Before exiting the stage, the radiantly pregnant actress gave a shout-out to her fiancé, “Black Swan” choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with a demure smile.

Portman’s win for the psycho-sexual drama follows her victory at the Golden Globes earlier this month. Portman is also nominated for best actress at the Academy Awards, set for February 27.

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