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Natalie Portman's Oscar Cape Bore the Names of Snubbed Women Directors

NATALIE PORTMAN

The actress made a sartorial statement about the Academy Awards' refusal to recognize women directors. 

Despite the fact that several critically-acclaimed films were directed by women this year, the Academy Awards failed to honor any of them with a Best Director nomination. Natalie Portman, who two years ago pointed out the dearth of nominated women directors while presenting, wore a Dior cape embroidered with the names of this year's female directors that the Academy snubbed.

The cape bore the names of Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Mari Diop (Atlantics), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), and more.

The Academy's ongoing blatant dismissal of women directors was mentioned during the ceremony when Janelle Monae, who opened the show, shouted out to them.

"We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films," she said.

Presenting the first award, Steve Martin and Chris Rock called out to the lack of women nominated.

Later, while presenting the award for Best Documentary, Mark Ruffalo noted the female directors who worked on the nominated documentary films.

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