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Can we just talk about Natalie Portman’s Gown for a minute? It is a beautiful black dress, with a sheer gold overlay, and a sleek black cape. It is totally breathtaking!
But, look a little bit closer at that cape.
All the names of the snubbed WOMEN directors — who were NOT nominated — are embroidered in gold on seam of that cape.
This is Natalie’s little way of giving a nod to the women, letting them know that they are heard and recognized, even if not by the Academy — who traditionally only nominates male directors.
I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.Natalie Portman to the LA times
That cape includes the name of Greta Gerwig, who was rumored to be getting a nomination for Little Women. That didn’t happen.
Some of the names other names on Portman’s cape include Lulu Wang, who made The Farewell; and Lorene Scafaria, the director of Hustlers; Marielle Heller, who made A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; Alma Har’el, who made Honey Boy; Mati Diop who made Atlantics; and Matsoukas, who made Queen & Slim.
Instead of these bright and talented ladies, the Academy instead nominated Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Todd Phillips for Joker, Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sam Mendes for 1917, and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Out of the EIGHT ladies that have EVER been nominated for Best Director in the HISTORY of the Academy Award, only ONE has ever won, Kathryn Bigelow in 2008, for The Hurt Locker.
I applaud you, Natalie Portman! You’re so right. Things have GOT to change. Not just for women Directors, but for a complete inclusion of more diversity in the Hollywood Award circuit.