Former child star Natalie Portman made her big screen debut in “The Professional,” in 1994 at the age of 12.  After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress (Black Swan) last night, the pregnant star paid tribute to her own Hollywood Mom and Pop for always encouraging her to act, saying: “I want to thank my parents. First and foremost for giving me my life and for the opportunity to work at such a young age and for showing me everyday how to be a good human being by example.”

Former child actor Christian Bale also took home the gold as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “The Fighter.” In atypical fashion, Bale was teary-eyed as he emotionally thanked his wife Sibi and daughter Emmaline: “I didn’t think I was like this. [Thanks to] my wonderful wife and our little girl, who’s taught me so much more than I’ll ever be able to teach her.”