Oscar 2020: Actress Natalie Portman protests non inclusion of female directors with a dress

Oscar 2020: Actress Natalie Portman protests non inclusion of female directors with a dress

The Oscar 2020 reignited some familiar criticism after announcing the nominees in 24 categories last month, with Todd Phillips’ dark comic-book adapta

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The Oscar 2020 reignited some familiar criticism after announcing the nominees in 24 categories last month, with Todd Phillips’ dark comic-book adaptation “Joker” leading the field with 11 nominations, including best picture.

While the 2019 Oscar nominees were uncharacteristically diverse, this year’s mostly white acting categories sparked backlash reminiscent of the 2015-16 #OscarsSoWhite controversy. And once again, not a single woman was nominated for director. This prompted actress, Natalie Portman to wear Natalie Portman Wears Names of Snubbed Female Directors on Oscars Red Carpet

The actress wore an embroidered cape of her Dior Haute Couture ensemble with the last names of directors in gold: Scafaria, Wang, Gerwig, Diop, Heller, Matsoukas, Har’el and Sciamma, who were all snubbed by the organisers of this year’s Oscars.

The names reference directors Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Mati Diop (Atlantics), Marielle 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).

Portman had previously called out gender inequality in the film industry at the 2018 Golden Globes.