The lack of female nominees for Best Director continued to be a hot topic at the Oscars last night. And while some referenced the gendered oversight through jokes or direct commentary, Natalie Portman decided on a more creative approach.
Portman, who presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay alongside Timothée Chalamet, wore a Dior cape embroidered with the names of the female directors who were snubbed this year.
Portman addressed the fashion choice on the red carpet.
“I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way,” she told The LA Times.
It’s common for women to be locked out of the directing category, but this year it felt particularly jarring.
Absolutely nobody could claim there were no movies directed by women that were worthy of nominations this year.
Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Mati Dop (Atlantics), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Sugar), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), and Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) were all featured on Portman’s cape.
But instead of including any of these talented women in the list of nominees, we got all men. A fairly expected line-up of Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Sam Mendes (1917), Todd Phillips (Joker), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) received the noms, with the only unexpected choice, Joon-ho, ultimately taking home the award.
The Black Swan actor’s searing declaration of support of these snubbed women was much appreciated by viewers at home.
everyone else go home natalie portman won pic.twitter.com/r2axysZgWu— vince (@lauharrier) February 10, 2020
A power move done with class and style, ya gotta love her. She’s at work.— Lance A. Perry v3 (@LAPv3) February 10, 2020
Yes!— Charles in Exile (@ergoking) February 10, 2020
It is a real disgrace that the Oscars are so male-dominated and so monocultural. Especially since there are so many talented actors and directors who are not white men.
She is so inspirational. And yes! I feel for all the snubbed female directors! They made masterpieces and are truly great. Academy needs to realize it's 2020 and there are SO many great female directors. pic.twitter.com/dswzpaCauC— [🔥🖼스포]포도쨈🦐😷 (@anoneforlove2) February 10, 2020
It’s certainly not the first time Portman has spoken out about women getting overlooked for directing awards.
— ju (@ollnightlong) February 10, 2020
No one’s holding their breath for the Academy to finally get it together next year, but at least the conversation is happening…sometimes in the most creative ways.