Natalie Portman's Oscars cape included names of female directors who were snubbed

Natalie Portman arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Natalie Portman has walked the red carpet in a cape lined with the names of female filmmakers who weren’t nominated for best director.

The black cape featured gold lettering that included Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Mati Diop (“Atlantics”).

"I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their critical work this year in my own subtle way," Portman explained on the Oscars red carpet.

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This year’s nominees for best director are all male, and Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” is the only woman to win the award. Gerwig was the most recent female nominee, in 2018 for “Lady Bird.”

Last year, Portman called out the lack of female nominees while presenting the best director category at the Golden Globes.

"We are honored ... to be here to present the award for best director," Ron Howard said at the Golden Globes, to which Portman followed, "And here are the all-male nominees."