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Natalie Portman wears names of snubbed female directors on Oscars red carpet

Portman called back to her 2018 Golden Globes moment in a 'subtle' way.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Feb 9, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 3:57 pm CDT

Natalie Portman brought something “subtle” to the Oscars red carpet: the names of all the women left out the best director category this year.

Portman backed up her viral 2018 Golden Globes moment, in which she pointed out the “all-male nominees” in the best director category, by embroidering the names of the female directors who made Oscar-worthy films this year, but were left out of the all-male best director category, on her Dior cape.

The names include Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Mati Diop (Atlantics), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), and Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire). Portman told the L.A. Times she wanted to “recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year, in a subtle way.”

Issa Rae kept the sentiment going last month when the nominees for best director were announced: “Congratulations to those men.” Read our 2020 Oscar predictions here.


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*First Published: Feb 9, 2020, 8:11 pm CST