Natalie Portman's Oscars cape honours female directors

Choreographer Benjamin Millepied and actress Natalie Portman PHOTO: Getty
Choreographer Benjamin Millepied and actress Natalie Portman PHOTO: Getty

Natalie Portman has been praised for walking the Oscars red carpet wearing a cape adorned with the names of female directors who weren't nominated at the award ceremony.

The actress has been applauded on social media for wearing a black cape over her dress which was embroidered in gold with the names of female directors of 2019 films.

Portman was referencing the Best Director category at the 2020 Academy Awards which had only male nominees. 

"Natalie Portman's robe has all the women directors who were not recognised by the academy for their great work this year oh my god I love this woman  #Oscars" said Twitter user @nightwving.

Portman was applauded by fashion writer and critic Vanessa Friedman who said "Ok this is awesome: Natalie Portman's @Dior cape is embroidered with the names of female directors. That's one way to get them to the #Oscars".

Portman told a reporter on the red carpet she "wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year, in my subtle way".

The directors mentioned on her cape included Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell).

Portman has previously called out the Academy Awards for their lack of female representation in 2018 when she presented an award announcing "and now, here are the all male nominees".

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