Natalie Portman honours snubbed female directors in Dior cape at 2020 Oscars

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 intric…

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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Marielle Heller never planned on making a male-led movie

Marielle Heller never thought she would make a movie about men before she saw the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.The filmmaker made her directorial debut in 2015 with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, led by Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and …

Marielle Heller never thought she would make a movie about men before she saw the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The filmmaker made her directorial debut in 2015 with The Diary of a Teenage Girl, led by Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, and followed it up with Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which starred Melissa McCarthy, in 2018.

Speaking to Elle magazine, the 40-year-old admitted that she thought she was going to dedicate her career to telling women’s stories, but couldn’t resist the script for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which stars Matthew Rhys as a journalist who goes to interview beloved children’s entertainer Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks.

“I never thought I was going to make a movie about men. I’ve always thought we don’t have enough movies about women, and if I spent my whole life making movies only about women, there still wouldn’t be enough movies about women, so that’s a wonderful thing to dedicate my career to,” she explained. “And then I read this script. And I thought, ’Damn, now I have to make this movie.’

“For the same reason I want to make movies about women, I also want to make movies that help men be better men and that can be an antidote to toxic masculinity. And I think the beginning of that is so deep in Mister Rogers’s teachings—being able to admit your feelings, being able to access them, finding ways to be more connected to our humanity. And that’s what this movie was about for me.”

In the film, Rogers helps Rhys’s character Lloyd express his emotions and deal with the anger and resentment he has harboured towards his father for many years, and Heller shared that she hopes the movie will help “blast those gender roles” that teach boys to keep their feelings buried deep.

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Tom Hanks had trouble slowing down speech while portraying Fred Rogers

Tom Hanks found it difficult to slow down his speech to accurately portray beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.In the new drama, the Forrest Gump actor portrays the U.S. children’s entertainer, who was the …

Tom Hanks found it difficult to slow down his speech to accurately portray beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

In the new drama, the Forrest Gump actor portrays the U.S. children’s entertainer, who was the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1968 to 2001, alongside Matthew Rhys as journalist Lloyd Vogel, who is assigned to profile Rogers for Esquire magazine.

Rogers famously spoke very softly and had a still, gentle presence, and accordingly, Hanks found it a challenge to adopt that style of speech.

“I had a great difficulty slowing down,” he told Renee Zellweger as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series. “And if I was going to show you, if we were going to sit down and (watch) the movie, I would get to a point and I would say, ‘That’s my first day of shooting.’ They had been working for two weeks, and this is my first day. Compare that first day of shooting stillness and a week later.”

He admitted it took him time to truly inhabit the character and to learn to slow down after director Marielle Heller “kicked my butt just enough”.

“I’m a wiseacre and I talk a lot and I have a lot of energy and to slow down like that… How often does a director come to you and say, ‘Take more time with this’? They never say that,” the 63-year-old added, and Zellweger agreed, saying directors usually ask them to speed up.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which also stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper, hits U.K. cinemas in January.

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Charlize Theron blasts ‘frustrating’ Golden Globes for overlooking female directors

Charlize Theron has voiced her disappointment over the lack of female directors nominated for the 2020 Golden Globes.The Best Director category is dominated by men this year, despite impressive films made by Greta Gerwig, Alma Har’el, and Marielle Hell…

Charlize Theron has voiced her disappointment over the lack of female directors nominated for the 2020 Golden Globes.

The Best Director category is dominated by men this year, despite impressive films made by Greta Gerwig, Alma Har’el, and Marielle Heller, among others.

Accordingly, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times following the announcement of the nominees on Monday, Charlize stated that she finds the omission of talented women “really frustrating”.

“It’s tough. It’s really, really tough. And I think it gets really frustrating when we have to remember that women directors, especially, are just trying to get their numbers up,” the 44-year-old, who picked up a Best Actress nod for her role in Bombshell, explained.

“They represent 10 per cent of our directors in the industry, and when you have a good year like we had this year with such great work, it is incredibly frustrating. No woman wants to get nominated because it’s the right thing to do. It’s really, really ridiculous.”

Just five women have ever been nominated for Best Director in the Golden Globes’ 77-year history, with Barbra Streisand the only winner.

However, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Lorenzo Soria, has defended the organisation’s decision not to honour women directors at the 2020 Golden Globes and insisted films should be judged on merit and not gender.

“What happened is that we don’t vote by gender,” he told Variety. “We vote by film and accomplishment.”

The filmmakers nominated in the Best Director – Motion Picture category include Bong Joon Ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, Todd Phillips for Joker, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Julianne Moore: ‘I was fired from Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to b…

Julianne Moore has claimed she fired from the lead role in movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Still Alice star was cast as real-life biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in 2015, but she dropped out of the project days before filming was scheduled to begin after clashing with then-director Nicole Holofcener, who co-wrote the script. Melissa McCarthy was then cast as Israel and she went on to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar this year (19) for her performance in the film, which was ultimately directed by Marielle Heller.

Julianne finally opened about what happened when asked why she left the movie during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Thursday (08Mar19).

“I didn’t leave that movie, I was fired. Yeah, Nicole fired me, that’s the truth,” she said. “I think she didn’t like what I was doing. We had just been rehearsing and doing pre-production and stuff and her idea of where the character was, was different than where my idea of where the character was, and so she fired me.”

The Oscar winner admitted that she hadn’t yet seen the movie because what happened is “still kind of painful” but she’s sure Melissa did a great job.

“I love Melissa McCarthy. I worship her. I think she’s fantastic, so I’m sure she’s great. So that’s the story,” she said.

Fellow guest, fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg, said to the actress that the rejection must have been tough, and Julianne replied, “It’s pretty bad… The only other time I was fired was when I was working at a yoghurt stand when I was 15, so it felt bad.”

The film’s producer David Yarnell, a longtime friend of the late Israel, previously told The Hollywood Reporter in January that the “project collapsed” after the situation between Julianne and Nicole “became untenable” and it was so close to production that Fox Searchlight took a financial hit of around $2 million (£1.5 million).

The film opened to critical acclaim last year and went on to be nominated for three Oscars, for Melissa, supporting actor Richard E. Grant, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Nicole and co-writer Jeff Whitty.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? director will never discuss Julianne Moore exit

Director Marielle Heller and her Can You Ever Forgive Me? leading lady Melissa McCarthy have pledged never to discuss the drama that brewed up before they took on the project and prompted Julianne Moore to quit. The Oscar winner was about to start wor…

Director Marielle Heller and her Can You Ever Forgive Me? leading lady Melissa McCarthy have pledged never to discuss the drama that brewed up before they took on the project and prompted Julianne Moore to quit.

The Oscar winner was about to start work on the film with Nicole Holofcener, who also wrote the screenplay, when the two women reportedly fell out, prompting Fox Searchlight bosses to put a hold on the production.

Holofcener then opted to step down as director, explaining Moore’s exit was “traumatic” and “terrible”, and encouraged Heller to take her place and recast.

Heller agreed to take over and brought in McCarthy to play late celebrity-biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel in her movie.

The project has become one of the year’s surprise hits, picking up a handful of top awards nominations, but interviewers keen to get the gossip about the drama which prompted both Moore and Holofcener to walk away won’t get anything out of the director and her leading lady.

“All of that happened before I had anything to do with the movie…,” the moviemaker tells The Hollywood Reporter. “This particular movie had a different incarnation, which I wasn’t a part of, and Melissa McCarthy and I made a pact when we came on board – (we said), ‘Let’s never talk about whatever happened before, because clearly there is a reason it fell apart. We want to move forward with good feelings’.

“We loved this character; she was a character whose voice, we felt, we didn’t get to hear in movies very often.”

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Tom Hanks signs on for Mister Rogers biopic

Tom Hanks is stepping into the shoes of beloved American TV personality Mister Rogers for a new biopic. The Saving Private Ryan actor will portray Fred Rogers in You Are My Friend, which will chronicle the friendship between the late entertainer and j…

Tom Hanks is stepping into the shoes of beloved American TV personality Mister Rogers for a new biopic.

The Saving Private Ryan actor will portray Fred Rogers in You Are My Friend, which will chronicle the friendship between the late entertainer and journalist Tom Junod, who reluctantly agreed to write a profile piece on the star, only for the meeting to inspire a whole new perspective on life.

The movie will be directed by Diary of a Teenage Girl filmmaker Marielle Heller, from a script written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster.

“I’m thrilled to be making You Are My Friend,” Heller shares in a statement to Variety.com. “The script knocked me out with its message of kindness and its exploration of the human spirit. As a mother, I am so inspired by the teachings of Fred Rogers and as a human I am in awe of his life’s work.

“I can’t wait to bring his story to the public and be a part of such a thoughtful, smart group of people who are all coming together to make this film, which truly feels to me like an antidote to our very fractured culture.”

The biopic will be developed for TriStar Pictures, and company president Hannah Minghella is thrilled to have landed the project.

“This is the perfect alchemy of talent coming together at the perfect time to remind us all of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite,” she declares. “We are proud to partner with Marielle, Tom and everyone at (production company) Big Beach to bring this inspirational true story to audiences all over the world.”

Rogers, the host of popular educational series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, died in 2003, aged 74.

Hanks is no stranger to portraying real-life personalities – the 61-year-old is currently enjoying the success of Oscar-nominated film The Post, in which he plays former Washington Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee.

He also recently tackled real-life characters in Sully, Saving Mr. Banks, and Captain Phillips.

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