Actress Natalie Portman is capturing attention online for a gown she wore to the Oscars ceremony that features the names of female directors who were snubbed by the Academy this year.
Footage circulating online shows Portman donning the black sheer dress, which featured the names embroidered in gold, while making an appearance on the red carpet on Sunday night. Some of the names on her dress included Lorene Scafaria, who wrote and directed Hustlers, Melina Matsoukas, the director behind Queen & Slim,” Alma Harel, who directed Honey Boy,” and Greta Gerwig, who directed “Little Women.”
When pressed by a reporter about her decision to wear the dress, Portman said smiling: I wanted to recognized the women who were not recognized for the incredible work this year in my subtle way.
Natalie Portman embroidered her Dior cape with all of the female directors who weren’t nominated for #Oscars. Check out her explanation here. pic.twitter.com/kyyo2wVMZf
Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 10, 2020
Waad al-Kateab, the Syrian filmmaker behind the “For Sama documentary, also turned heads on Sunday night with a pink gown that read the words: “We dared to dream” and “We don’t regret asking for our dignity.”
Waad al-Kateab, the Syrian filmmaker from Aleppo who made the heartbreaking For Sama, has shown up at the Oscars tonight wearing a dress embroidered with the words: we dared to dream. And, we dont regret asking for our dignity. Incredible movie, deserves to win pic.twitter.com/oiCiH0Sk54
Liz Sly (@LizSly) February 9, 2020
According to the Annenberg Foundation, over 10 percent of the top films produced last year were directed by women, which marks the highest that number has been in a decade.
However, despite that feat, no female directors were nominated for an Oscar this year.