Natalie Portman has perhaps made one of the most head turning appearances at the 92nd Academy Awards. Dressed in a stunning black and gold embroidered gown from Dior, Portman walked down the red carpet highlighting the lack of women representation in the nominations this year, and also almost every year. Embroidered on her gown, were the names of all women directors who weren’t nominated this year, namely, Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Mati Diop (Atlantics), Marianne Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy) and Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire).
On the red carpet, Portman said, “I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.” The only woman to have gotten some representation is Greta Gerwig who got a nomination for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Little Women, not Best Director.
Portman’s gown highlights the fact that women have created brilliant work, which needs to be recognised alongside their male counterparts, which is not the current scenario.
At the Golden Globes in 2018, while presenting the Best Director award, Portman had said, “And here are the all-male nominees.” We only wish she is presenting at the Oscars too!
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