A good cape never fails to stand out on a red carpet, but Natalie Portman made a literal statement with her statement piece at Sunday night's Academy Awards. The star and outspoken supporter of the Times Up movement for gender equality in Hollywood donned a stunning Dior ensemble topped with a tuxedo-style cape.
From afar, it's typical awards show glam, but take a closer look and you'll find the names of talented female directors who made acclaimed films in 2019 - and were subsequently snubbed by the Academy. Every nominee for Best Director this year is a man. In fact, in the 92-year history of the Oscars, only five women have made it into the category, and only one has won it.
The names on Portman's cape include Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), and Alma Har’el (Honey Boy).
"I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in a subtle way," Portman told reporters on the red carpet. We'd say she totally succeeded, and earned her place on just about every best dressed list.
Natalie Portman embroidered her Dior cape with all of the female directors who weren't nominated for #Oscars. Check out her explanation here. pic.twitter.com/kyyo2wVMZf
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 10, 2020
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