Natalie Portman in a special Prada gown & cape: badass & righteous?

Oscars 2020 Arrivals

Natalie Portman has been on a tear in recent years when it comes to recognizing the “boys club” of the directors guild, and how few women directors are ever nominated for any of the big prizes. Personally, I don’t mind that Greta Gerwig wasn’t nominated for Best Director this year, but when you see the list of female directors who made good or interesting or noteworthy films this year, it is striking how little hype or recognition those ladies got. So Natalie decided to recognize them with her Dior look. She had their names embroidered in gold onto her Dior cape:

Oscars 2020 Arrivals

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Honestly, I loved Lily Aldridge’s faux-vintage Ralph Lauren look. It’s not really old enough to be vintage, but it’s from the recent RL archives and it’s stunning. Lily was there as part of ABC’s red carpet coverage and she was quite good at it, actually.

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  1. Lucy2 says:

    Both of these dresses look great, but I really love her wearing the names.

  2. Eleonor says:

    Love the statement cape.

  3. Lucy says:

    NP’s whole look was THE BUSINESS. It could have gone wrong a million ways but didn’t. Lovely styling, too. Loved Lily’s gown too. I would love to own something like that. Her styling was also excellent, but she’s always consistent in that area.

  4. Ellie says:

    I loved her cape!

    I wish more women would consider showing less skin and wearing structured shapes like this one. Not for modesty’s sake, but because those looks can be so beautiful. I still think Jennifer Lopez’s pale green Oscar gown from when she dated Ben Affleck was her best look ever. Also, yes, loved the names on Natalie’s cape.

  5. Say what says:

    Well done Natalie!

    • Natalie looked great. That dress looked amazing on her and it is so beautifully designed and styled. I was afraid it would be overpowering, bit she has the chops to pull it off.

  6. Becks1 says:

    Natalie Portman looked great in general – hair, makeup, the actual dress – and then the cape was just the icing on the cake.

  7. Originaltessa says:

    Her hair is not at a great point right now, but whatever. I love that dress! It’s gorgeous.

  8. Rae says:

    I stan Natalie Portman. If I could die and wake up being anyone, it would be her.

  9. ChillyWilly says:

    Love everything about Natalie’s look.

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  11. Sarah says:

    She looked gorgeous, and the dress-cape she wore was fantatstic. You know what else would be fantastic? Her production company financing and producting movies directed by women – who are not Natalie Portman. Walk that walk Natalie, and then we can talk.

    • DS9 says:

      So much this.

      I’m glad she’s speaking about it but she’s got some pull here and isn’t using it.

    • Fallon says:

      I saw a lot of commentary around this on Twitter and I have to agree. On the surface, this looks like a great statement – and it is, it still brought recognition! But walking the walk would be a bigger statement.

      • Mumbles says:

        As someone pointed out on Twitter, she’s worked since she was 13 and has had two women directors total. She can put her money where her mouth is instead of engaging in performative BS.

      • omnibre says:

        She also supported the hell out of Roman Polanski years ago. She puts herself whichever way the wind is blowing.

    • SKF says:

      Didn’t she push hard to have Thor 2 directed by Patty Jenkins? And then when they fired Patty, she was stuck contractually and had to do that film and then bailed until Marvel improved somewhat.

    • Erinn says:

      That would be a very good move. I think it’s great that she’s done this because it has helped with awareness. But I don’t doubt for a minute that this move also benefits her and makes her look like she’s doing more than she actually is. Hopefully this is just step one, and we WILL see her financing some women led-projects.

  12. Bella Mama says:

    Didn’t like the look until I read about it and now it’s the boss!

  13. Case says:

    Natalie is someone who truly lives up to the characters she plays. She chooses to play amazing women on screen and then walks the walk in real life, too. Love this look.

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  15. MellyMel says:

    Love this cape!! Natalie looks gorgeous! Also, this hair cut and color she’s sporting is so good on her!

  16. Sass says:

    I loved Natalie’s look.

    Lily’s was cute. A little too off the rack looking for me but cute.

  17. Ferdinand says:

    Natalie gets points for pushing Jenkins to direct Thor2 and for being able to “make a statement” for quitting marvel after her petition was not met. However, I believe that was just a tantrum of her part as she came back as soon as marvel waved a bigger check.

    And as someone said before, she hasn’t worked with female directors. She has the kind of power to choose a director, she has just chosen not to work with female directors so his new “statement” feels week.

    Look at Pattinson. He’s done well choosing interesting movies and having commercial success, but he is the one choosing to work with women. So if I’m listening to a complaint, it better come from someone whose work reflect such view.

  18. bros says:

    I clearly am in the minority but I find her completely smug, sanctimonious, and glib. She couldn’t even make the statement of WHY she was wearing her passive aggressive cape in an articulate and not totally snotty way. I’d take her more seriously if she was better at articulating her issues.

    • omnibre says:

      She’s always been like this. The Polanski support, the comments about how eating meat was rape but it was fine for her to stop being vegan while pregnant – she’s just Goop with better PR.

    • Wit of the Staircase says:

      Nailed it. She can’t do anything about her resting bitch face but she can take herself a little less seriously and, god forbid, try a little charm to make her point. She makes Gwyneth Paltrow look like Tom Hanks.

  19. Catting says:

    That is absolutely sick of Natalie. Her dress just LOOKS like fire, too. <3

  20. Diane says:

    My first impression of Natalie’s dress was she was giving off Sith Lord vibes. It has grown on me though. Love the thought behind the cape.

  21. Louisa says:

    The comments here are so ignorant. At least some people aren’t.

    Ask Portman how many female directors she’s worked with or better yet, how many women were hired by her production company to direct films (that doesn’t include her).

  22. Golly Gee says:

    She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in these photos. Her look is nostalgic, classic and classy.

  23. Bella says:

    Love, love both of these looks and would wear Lily’ sin a heart beat!