Natalie Portman responds to Rose McGowan’s Oscars dress criticism

  • Natalie Portman responds to Rose McGowan’s Oscars dress criticism

Natalie Portman responds to Rose McGowan’s Oscars dress criticism

The Black Swan actor, who took to the Oscars red carpet in a Dior couture cape embroidered with the names of the female directors snubbed by the Academy, was called out by McGowan, who called Portman a "fraud", and said wearing the cloak wasn't an act of bravery but "an actress acting the part of someone who cares".

Natalie Portman has responded to Rose McGowan's criticism of the protest dress she wore to the 2020 Oscars on Sunday.

She went on: "I find Portman's type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work".

In the face of all of this, especially McGowan's critiques, Portman herself has responded ... and pretty much agrees.

She continued: "What is it with actresses of your ilk?" "I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way", the actress told Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman on the red carpet. What I do believe is that McGowan's attacks on the complacency of celebrity culture are more necessary than ever now that #MeToo has become a normalised part of our collective vocabulary.

Furthermore, her own production company, Handsomecharlie Films, has not yet made a film with a female director (again, other than Portman).

She also acknowledged that she has not worked with as many female directors as she would have liked and pointed out challenges films directed by women and minorities were up against. I've made shorts, commercials, music videos and features with Marya Cohen, Mira Nair, Rebecca Zlotowski, Anna Rose Holmer, Sofia Coppola, Shirin Neshat and myself.

"After they are made, female-directed films face difficulty getting into festivals, getting distribution and getting accolades because of the gatekeepers at every level", she said.

Natalie Portman shows off her cape with the names of female film directors who were not nominated for Oscars at the 92nd Oscars

"I want to say, I've tried, and I'll keep trying. While I haven't yet been successful, I'm hopeful that we're stepping into a new day", the actress concluded.

Included amongst the list of snubbed female directors was Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Melina Matsoukas (Queen & Slim), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Alma Har'el (Honey Boy).

Two tweets in particular that drew attention to these facts received more than 300,000 likes between them.

"I'm not writing this out of bitterness, I am writing out of disgust", she wrote in a social media post.

"Natalie, you have worked with two female directors in your very long career - one of them was you", McGowan wrote.

"There is no law that says you need to hire women, work with women, or support women. But who are you?".

The actress added that other projects with female directors, which are not public knowledge, have fallen through. Another film, Jane Got a Gun, was slated to have a female director, until Lynne Ramsay was replaced by Gavin O'Connor. Talk about not supporting female directors or women-look in the mirror biotch.

The initiative was born out of frustration over the absence of women in the best director category which this year celebrates an all-male set of nominees - with the website including phrases such as 'You stole our Oscars, so we stole your ads'.