Nominated twice in 2008, as Best Actress for her stellar turn in the title role of the hit drama Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for her role in I’m Not There, Cate Blanchett—who previously won Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator in 2005, and has been nominated five times!—may not have taken home a trophy, but she was still the major scene-stealer that night, rocking an eggplant-colored Dries Van Noten halter frock. Just six weeks later, Blanchett and her husband, screenwriter Andrew Upton, welcomed their son, Ignatius, now 4.
The most pregnant woman ever to grace the Oscar stage? Well, that would be Eva Marie Saint, who gave birth to her first child, Darrell Hayden, just two days after accepting her Best Supporting Actress trophy for On the Waterfront in 1955. As Frank Sinatra handed her the trophy, elegant in a skirt-suit Saint famously said, “I may have the baby right here!”
Acting must be in Mamie Gummer’s blood. After all, the young actress—whom you’ll remember from the recently canceled CW comedy Emily Owens, M.D.—wasn’t even born the first time she graced the Oscar stage, way back in 1983. Mom Meryl Streep was six months pregnant with her second child (and hid it well in a golden beaded gown) when she accepted her Best Actress trophy for Sophie’s Choice (her second, after a Best Supporting Actress prize for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980). And maybe Mamie was lucky for mama. After all, Streep’s been nominated 17 times and won three Academy Awards.
Nominated in 1988 for her turn as a chilling mistress gone mad in Fatal Attraction, an eight-months-pregnant Glenn Close nearly missed the ceremony due to a traffic jam—but managed to walk there in heels. Alas, she lost to Cher (for Moonstruck), but Close welcomed daughter Annie just 15 days later. The actress has been nominated by the Academy six times, but has yet to take home a trophy.
Nominated in 1992 for her turn in the seminal girls-on-the-run caper Thelma & Louise, Susan Sarandon, then 47, was more than eight months pregnant with her son Miles, whom she welcomed (with then-beau Tim Robbins) just five weeks later. Now nominated by the Academy five times, Sarandon won for Best Actress in 1996 for her role in Dead Man Walking.
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She may have lost the 2000 Best Actress trophy to Hilary Swank (who won for Boys Don’t Cry), but four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening—who was up that year for American Beauty—still came out a winner when she welcomed her fourth child with husband Warren Beatty, daughter Ella, just two months later in April.
Nearly full term when she accepted her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Chicago in 2003, soon-to-be second-time mama Catherine Zeta-Jones—who had earlier that evening managed to perform the film’s hit “All That Jazz” on stage—confessed, “My hormones are just too way out of control to be dealing with this!” But her pregnancy brain didn’t make her forget to thank her husband, Michael Douglas, and their first child, Dylan. She gave birth to daughter Carys, now nearly 10, less than a month later.
Nominated in 2004 for her role in the much-lauded drama Mystic River, Marcia Gay Harden was seven months pregnant—with twins!—but looked uber-elegant in a royal blue Badgley Mischka gown with antique beading. Harden (already mom to daughter Eulala, born in 1998) welcomed twins Hudson Harden Scheel and Julitta Dee Harden Scheel, with husband Thaddaeus Scheel, less than two months later, in April. The actress won a Supporting Actress trophy in 2000 for her role in Pollock.
Accepting her Best Supporting Actress trophy for The Constant Gardner in 2006, Rachel Weisz was seven months pregnant and stunning in a black, off-the-shoulder Narciso Rodriguez gown. She and then-boyfriend Darren Aronofsky welcomed son Henry in May of 2006.
The most recent pregnant Oscar contender—and winner—Natalie Portman, then 29, took home a Best Actress Oscar in 2011 for her hit drama Black Swan, when she was nearly six months along. Very elegant in a purple, off-the-shoulder gown by Rodarte, Portman acknowledged her baby bump while thanking her now-husband, Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, for giving her the “most important role of my life.” In June 2011, just four months later, she and Millepied welcomed their son Aleph, now nearly 2.
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