Oscar 2020: Natalie Portman Puts Names of Oscar-snubbed Female Directors on Her Dior Cape
Oscar 2020: Natalie Portman's cape pays tribute to snubbed female directors
Hollywood’s most awaited prestigious award the Oscar‘s was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year once again the event went hostless. The night was filled with a number of unforgettable moments. One of them being Natalie Portman’s cape. Yes, the Diva made a powerful statement without uttering a single word. She called out the academy for not recognizing female directors’ incredible work by having their names embroidered on her Dior cape.
Portman arrived at the Oscars red carpet dressed in a black gown with a Dior cape that had names of all Oscar-snubbed female directors embroidered on it. She said, “I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year, in a subtle way.”
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Names on Portman’s cape included Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim) Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Mati Diop (Atlantics).
This is not the first time that Natalie has protested at the lack of female representation at the Academy Awards. Back in 2018, Natalie had put her point across by introducing the category saying, “and here are the all-male nominees.”
Both BAFTAs and the Academy have been heavily criticized for the lack of representation and diversity after the nominations were announced. The acting categories had shut out people of colour while no women filmmakers were recognized in the directing segment.