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Natalie Portman might have announced more than just the best actor winner at Sunday's Oscar ceremony. While clutching her envelope onstage (and while walking the red carpet) the actress appeared to be wearing a wedding ring set on her left hand. Did Portman, 30, secretly marry her fiance Benjamin Millepied, 34 -- who looked to be sporting his own wedding band on the red carpet?
Portman and Millepied, a French-born professional ballet dancer, met in 2009 on the set of Black Swan. He was the film's choreographer and her onscreen dance partner, but his relationship with Portman soon moved discreetly from professional to personal. Then in December 2010, Portman blindsided the entertainment world by announcing that she was pregnant -- and engaged to a man who most people didn't even realize she was dating! The couple took their relationship public in time for awards season, and Portman gushed about Millepied onstage during her many wins for Black Swan (including the Academy Award for best actress). In June 2011, Portman gave birth to son Aleph -- but gave no indication of her wedding plans.
Now, thanks to their new rings, media outlets are speculating that Portman and Millepied got married sometime in the past year without telling the public. It's not a totally crazy theory; Portman, who has been in the spotlight since she was 12 years old, is incredibly secretive about her personal life. In fact, she's barely shown her face in public since winning that Oscar last year, and has granted no press photos of baby Aleph.
We wouldn't be surprised if she keeps her marital status secret until she's promoting her next project -- at which point, it would be too awkward not to come clean. Unfortunately, her next two films are being directed by Tree of Life's Terrence Malick, who takes a notoriously long time to finish a movie. So as much as we want a wedding announcement, we'd advise you not to hold your breath!