Natalie Portman Throws Shade At The 2020 Oscars With Embroidered Dress

If fashion is about sending a message out there to the world, award-winning actress Natalie Portman did just that at the 2020 Academy Awards.

At the red carpet, Portman’s dress stood out from many of the night’s designer gowns and dresses.

The 38-year-old actress wore a Dior cape embroidered with the names of female directors who weren’t nominated for the “Best Director” category in the 92nd Academy Awards, despite having directed stellar films.

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According to, the black and gold Dior cape had the names of the following female directors embroidered into the material: Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) and Mati Diop (Atlantics).


When asked about her outfit on the red carpet, Portman explained that she wanted to make a statement in a subtle way.

“I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work in my subtle way.”

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Although it was a subtle way to throw shade at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the lack of female directors nominated for the Oscars is, unfortunately, a common occurrence.

In the entire history of the Oscars, only five female directors have been nominated and one won – Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker.

Meanwhile, only one “Best Picture” nominee was directed by a woman – Little Women by Greta Gerwig.

The omission of female directors by the awards show as also spawned a campaign by a nonprofit organization, Give Her a Break. The special ad campaign features a live stream of the Oscars that flips to ads for female-directed films during any commercial breaks.

Alma Har’el is one of the female directors honoured on Portman’s dress. She directed Honey Boy, a film about exposure therapy starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe and FKA Twigs.