ALL CROPS: JACKIE (2016) Natalie Portman as "Jackie Kennedy" CR: Stephanie Branchu
Credit: Stephanie Branchu

You can’t go wrong in awards season with portraying an important historical figure, and Natalie Portman proved that again on Sunday when she won Best Actress at the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards for her starring role in Jackie, Pablo Larraín’s biopic of Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

Portman used her acceptance speech to praise her fellow nominees in the category and thanked everyone who made Jackie, particularly Larrain, who “just made every day so, so beautiful.”

“It feels crazy to get rewarded or something that in itself a was rewarding experience,” she added.

Portman is the latest in a long line of actresses to portray the former first lady on-screen, but her performance managed to be unique and dynamic even given the difficulties of inhabiting such a well-known figure.

“She’s so well-known in terms of what she looks like and what she sounds like and how she moves, so to get that is definitely daunting,” Portman told EW earlier this year.

The other nominees in the Best Actress category were Amy Adams (Arrival), Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), and Emma Stone (La La Land).

Click here for the complete list of winners.

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