Elsewhere, on the red carpet, Natalie Portman made sure that female filmmakers were recognised at the Oscars, even if they weren’t nominated at awards. Stitched into the lining of her Dior cape, which Portman wore over her black and gold Dior gown, were the names of female directors whose work inspired her in 2020.
These names included Lorene Scafaria, the director of Hustlers, Lulu Wang of The Farewell, Greta Gerwig, who made Little Women, and Heller. Also embroidered in gold thread were the names of Mati Diop (Atlantics), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy) and Céline Sciamma (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire).
None of them were nominated for an Oscar in the Best Director category, despite the power and critical acclaim of their respective films.