She said Portman is an actress “acting the part of someone who cares.”
A gag about the theatrical flop introduced the Outstanding Visual Effects category.
The Grammy-winning singer will join other scheduled performers like Randy Newman and Elton John.
The horror writer previously said, “I would never consider diversity in matters of art.”
The Academy Awards’ second year without an emcee.
Pharrell Williams, Randy Newman, T-Pain, and Idina Menzel also appear.