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Natalie Portman’s Cape Names Snubbed Women Directors at Oscars

Portman wore a cape embroidered with names of women filmmakers who weren’t included in the Best Director category.

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Natalie Portman’s Oscars outfit included the names of snubbed women directors.
 
The actor arrived at the Academy Awards red carpet in Hollywood on Sunday wearing a black and gold Dior dress and a black cape with gold names embroidered on the lapel. The names were of women directors who were snubbed in this year’s Best Director category.
 
"I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way," she told the Los Angeles Times at the event.  

Some of the eight names on Portman’s cape included Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), and Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”). The cape was made by Dior, whose ad Portman appeared in during the show.

Many had criticized the 2020 Oscars nominations, which excluded woman filmmakers in the director category for the second year in a row. Only one film nominated in the best picture category — “Little Women” — was directed by a woman. Actor Issa Rae even threw some subtle shade while introducing the Best Director category in January, saying, “Congratulations to those men.

In the Oscars’ 92-year history, only five women have been nominated for best director and only one woman has ever won. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow made history for her win in 2009 for the movie “The Hurt Locker.”