Many celebrities made headlines for what they wore on the red carpet. Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron made headlines for their stunning fashion statements.
However, it was Natalie Portman that stole the show with her statement making black and grey gown. The former Academy award wining actress arrived in an absolutely gorgeous black and gold Dior gown and cape. The cape was embroidered with the names of all the female directors that were snubbed by the Oscars.
Her cape contains the name of the following female directors; Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Mati Diop (Atlantics), Melina Matsoukas (Queen and Slim), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on fire).
For the ninth year in the past decade, all five of the best director nominees were male.
Natalie has received great support and praises for her gown choice.
However, a few people on social media spotted contradiction between Portman’s inspirational statements and her actual work decisions. Portman’s filmography shows that the actress has only worked with two female directors in her career. And one of them was herself.
Furthermore, her own production company, Handsomecharlie Films, has not yet made a film with a female director (again, other than Portman).
Two tweets in particular that drew attention to these facts received more than 300,000 likes between them.
Natalie Portman’s production company has only ever hired 1 female director (her name was Natalie Portman) https://t.co/DRUVM1oezW— Angela Morabito (@AngelaLMorabito) February 11, 2020
i wonder if this means her production company will finally produce a film with a female director https://t.co/5J9bEANXD0— KATE 🔜 #SXSW (@OhMyMithrandir) February 10, 2020
The actress Rose McGowan’s pointed out that Portman doesn’t “walk the walk” because she doesn’t have a great track record of working with female directors herself.
“You are the problem,” McGowan said. “Yes, you, Natalie. Lip service is the problem. Fake support of other women is the problem.”
“I find Portman’s type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work. I’m not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust. I just want her and other actresses to walk the walk.”
“What is it with actresses of your ilk?,” she continued. “You ‘A-listers’ could change the world if you’d take a stand instead of being the problem.
“Stop pretending you’re some kind of champion for anything other than yourself. Until you and your fellow actresses get real, do us all a favour and hang up your embroidered activist cloak, it doesn’t hang right.”
Portman has now responded, saying the reason is that there are “gatekeepers at every level” who prevent such films getting made.
While acknowledging the criticisms about her own previous work, Portman defended herself and drew attention to other projects she’s worked on which had women at the helm.
The actress added that other projects with female directors, which are not public knowledge, have fallen through.
“Unfortunately, the unmade films I have tried to make are a ghost history,” she said.
“Female films have been incredibly hard to get made at studios, or to get independently financed. If these films do get made, women face enormous challenges during the making of them.
“I have had the experience a few times of helping get female directors hired on projects which they were then forced out of because of the conditions they faced at work.
“After they are made, female-directed films face difficulty getting into festivals, getting distribution and getting accolades because of the gatekeepers at every level.
“So I want to say, I have tried, and I will keep trying. While I have not yet been successful, I am hopeful that we are stepping into a new day.”