Capes always make a statement (and they’re handy when the weather is as crummy as it is in L.A. right now), but Natalie Portman made sure her’s really sent a message on the Oscars red carpet.
Hidden in the hem of her floor-length black cloak, Portman had the names of non-nominated woman directors embroidered in gold floss. Not a single woman was nominated for Best Director this year, even Greta Gerwig, whose adaptation of Little Women was nominated for Best Picture.
In addition to Gerwig, Portman paid tribute to Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Mati Diop (Atlantics), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), 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).
“I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way,” she told an interviewer. If the Academy won’t do it, at least someone did.