Natalie Portman has been a long-standing supporter of women in film, and last night used the Oscars red carpet to show her solidarity for the talented female directors who were snubbed by the Academy.
The Dior black cape that the actress wore over her dress was embroidered with the names of the female directors that hadn't been nominated for their acclaimed work, featuring Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria, Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Mati Diop (Atlantics), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell). Each name appeared in gold italics.
“I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way,” she said, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Her statement look comes after a speech she made at the Golden Globes two years ago, where she highlighted "the all-male nominees" in yet another male-focused line-up.
The Academy has been widely criticised for its decision not to recognise any female directing talent at this year's awards, despite critics' praise for many movies made by women including Little Women and A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.
Portman attended the ceremony to present the award for Writing – Adapted Screenplay with Timothee Chalamet. The prize went to Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit.
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