At the 92nd Oscars, not a single woman stood a chance of winning the trophy for best director. Natalie Portman didn't like that at all - and made a subtle statement.
This year's Oscar nominations were accompanied by a long list of disappointing, but not necessarily surprising, occurrences. For the second time in a row it has been not a single Woman nominated in the "Best Director" category. As Issa Rae said so cynically while reading the list of nominees: "Congratulations to these … men." The complete absence of women directors on the nomination list is in no way proportional to the number of women directors in the industry. The directors are out there and - with all due respect - they pretty much killed the film year. To remind us all who these women filmmakers are, Natalie Portman had many female director names embroidered on her Dior cape at the 92nd Oscars. And we're in love with this little-big detail!
Those are all the names we can see on the 38-year-old's cape: Lorene Scafaria, who directed Hustlers, Lulu Wang, director of The Farewell, Greta Gerwig, director of Little Women, Mati Diop, who directed Atlantics, Marielle Heller, director of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Melina Matsoukas, director of Queen & Slim, Alma Har'el, director of Honey Boy, and Celine Sciamma, who directed The Portrait of a Young Woman in Flames.
When Natalie Portman was asked on the 2020 Oscars red carpet why she chose to make this statement, her answer was simple:
"I wanted to make visible the women who were not honored this year for their incredible work!"
And quite apart from her statement cape, Portman's dress by Dior was quite an eye-catcher: A black top with see-through mesh, gold embroidery and an almost royal belt. HERE more dresses from the Oscars 2020.
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Portman's cloak sheds light on an important theme we always seem to have during the awards season. There's a serious lack of representation in the entertainment industry, and those who want to do something about it don't get the recognition they deserve … At the 93rd Oscars in 2021, please finally get more gender equality. Kiss. Thanks.