Natalie Portman's Oscars 2020 Outfit Championed The Ignored Female Directors

Olivia Ovenden
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From Esquire

There are subtle ways to make your ire at the Academy known – a bitter and vague tweet, for example – and then there is stitching the name of all of the women directors the voting body have ignored onto the outfit you wear to their party.

The latter was the move made by Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, who attending the 92nd Academy Awards wearing a powerful, yet stylish, middle finger to the Academy in the form of a black Dior cape which featured the names of unappreciated female auteurs.

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Speaking on the red carpet about why she wore the outfit Portman said: "I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year, in my sort of way."

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The cape has names such as Scafaria, Wang and Gerwig in gold lettering along its seam, referring to directors Lorena Scafaria, Lulu Wang and Greta Gerwig who were passed over for their films Hustlers, The Farewell and Little Women in the directing category.

This year features an all-male directing category, adding no new names to the paltry five who have competed in the group in the entire history of the Oscars.

It isn't the first protest from Portman, an active member of the Time's Up movement, who presented the Golden Globe for 'Best Director' in 2018 with a dig, saying, "And here are the all-male nominees."

Given she's set to present an award this evening there'll undoubtedly be a lot of men with headsets on feeling very stressed right about now.

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