Natalie Portman subtly pays tribute to women directors with her 2020 Oscars look

By Zach Harper

Natalie Portman took to the Oscars red carpet with a subtle message in support of women directors.

The star showed off a gorgeous embroidered Dior cape dress that featured several names stitched down one side.

As always, Natalie looked glamorous and oozed Old Hollywood style. Photo: © Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

"I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in a subtle way," she told the Los Angeles Times' Amy Kaufman, showing it off in a video posted to Twitter.

A closer look at the embroidering on Natalie's outfit. Photo: © Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Controversy erupted this year when the Academy Awards nominations for Best Director featured no women. This is the second year in a row the category has only included male nominees.

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Natalie's dress featured the names of Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Mati Diop (Atlantics), among others.

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood) and Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) were nominated in the category this year. While Greta is up for Best Adapted Screenplay, many were upset that she hadn't been included among the other male nominees.

Little Women is up for three other awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh).

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