What she would say, and what Lauer and Al Roker and Natalie Morales would say in response, had been planned in advance.
And pundits see the Best Actress Oscar as a two-horse race between Bening, and Black Swan star Natalie Portman.
Matt and Meredith had pawned her off on Natalie Morales and the segment had run short.
fem. proper name, from French Natalie, from Church Latin Natalia, from Latin (dies) natalis "birthday," in Church Latin, "Christmas Day," so probably originally a name for one born on Christmas.