Natalie Portman made a statement on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday 9th February.
She is presenting at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony but it was her outfit that got people talking.
Teaming her black, floor-length gown, with a satin cape, Portman made the sartorial choice to have the names of snubbed female directors embroidered in to her cape.
The names of female directors that could be seen clearly along the side of her cape included: Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen and Slim), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy) Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Mati Diop (Atlantics).
Much has been made of the above directors being snubbed from the Directing category, which is made up entirely of men.
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A second commented: “Natalie Portman showed up at the #oscars with the names of the female directors that weren’t nominated embroidered on her dress. so we have no choice but to stan forever.”
This was much the same at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes, who also failed to include any female directors.