Natalie Portman had the names of snubbed female directors embroidered into her Dior cape at the 2020 Oscars.
The 38-year-old made a powerful statement at the prestigious event on Sunday, and walked the red carpet in a black floor-length gown with intricate gold embellishment.
The dress was overlaid with a black cape, which was embroidered with the names of several female filmmakers in gold thread.
Natalie told Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman that her decision to wear the cape was to “recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.”
Stitched onto the Dior cape were the names of Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, The Farewell’s Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig for Little Women, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s Marielle Heller, as well as Atlantics’ Mati Diop, Queen & Slim’s Melina Matsoukas, Honey Boy’s Alma Har’el, and Celine Sciamma for Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Har’el, who didn’t attend the ceremony, shared a picture of Natalie’s outfit and then a close-up of her surname on the cape, and wrote on Twitter, “My first time at the #Oscars couldn’t have been more beautiful.”
And this isn’t the first time that Natalie, who scooped the Best Actress gong at the Oscars in 2011 for her role in Black Swan, has openly criticised Hollywood for failing to recognise female filmmakers.
At the Golden Globes back in 2018, Natalie famously called out the awards for the lack of female representation as she presented the Best Director category.
“Here are all the male nominees,” she stated as the five male nominees, including Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro, were introduced.
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