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Natalie Portman's awkward Golden Globes speech and laugh catch fire online

January 21, 2011 | 11:46 am

Besides Ricky Gervais, the other talked-about moment from the Golden Globes was Natalie Portman's best actress in a drama film acceptance speech, in which the pregnant beauty attempted a joke regarding her fiance and his lines from their film "Black Swan." The joke landed just fine but it was her giddy laugh that seemed to ring on a bit too long afterward.

Of course, those are the moments that seem to never die on the Internet. And College Humor has taken that joke and run with it, recreating her laugh into a never-ending moment complete with reaction shots from other Globe attendees. Some are calling it Portman's "Norbit" moment, in reference to the theory that Eddie Murphy lost the Academy Award for his part in "Dreamgirls" based on the awful fat-suit comedy that opened in the middle of his campaign. Portman is opening the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached" in the middle of her campaign but that film -- even coupled with her awkward speech -- doesn't seem like nearly enough to derail a performance that has been lauded by critics and audiences alike.

However, the poised and polished Annette Bening rid herself of all her previous acceptance speech demons, delivering an eloquent, concise and funny speech. With the lead actress Oscar race a contest essentially between these two women, it will be interesting to see how this little video plays through the next month.


Natalie Portman backstage at the Critics' Choice Awards

-- Nicole Sperling