Natalie Portman's Oscars dress paid tribute to all the female directors who weren't nominated

Abigail Malbon
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From Red Online

The 2020 Oscars featured a selection of stunning red carpet looks, as you'd imagine, but one is quickly becoming the most talked-about - and not just for aesthetic reasons. Natalie Portman's dress was styled with a cape which, on first glance, looks to be a simple design; but closer inspection reveals that the actress chose to wear it to honour women she didn't feel had been recognised at the awards ceremony.

Her Dior cape was embroidered with names of women who directed movies last year, and didn't get any nominations. Those included: Names on the cape included Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and more.

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She explained to a red carpet reporter why she chose to make the statement in her outfit, saying: "I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year, in my subtle way."

It's not the first time Portman has taken a stand against a lack of female representation. At the 2018 Golden Globes, when presenting an award the actor quipped “and now, here are the all male nominees” before announcing the names.

The latest statement comes following backlash over the Academy's decision not to nominate any female filmmakers in the best-director category at the 2020 Oscars. Among those expected to be nominated was Greta Gerwig, whose adaptation of Little Women has been highly praised by fans and critics.

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