Los Angeles, February 10
Wearing their views literally on their sleeves, Hollywood stars Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix, Spike Lee and others put their best foot forward at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Portman, a vocal supporter of gender equality, made a subtle yet powerful statement when she walked the red carpet wearing a black Dior cape with the last names of women directors snubbed by the Academy Awards embroidered on it.
“Little Women” director Greta Gerwig, “The Farewell’s” Lulu Wang and Melina Matsoukas, who directed “Queen and Slim”, were among the names etched in gold on her cape.
Other women filmmakers whose names appeared on Portman’s cape were Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), Marianne Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Joanna Hogg (“The Souvenir”), Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”) and Celine Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”).
Phoenix, the best actor Oscar winner, honoured his promise of wearing the same Stella McCartney tuxedo throughout the award season to promote sustainable fashion. Sustainability was a major theme on the Oscars red carpet, with others also recycling their old outfits.
“Booksmart” actor Kaitlyn Dever wore a Louis Vuitton dress made with tencel, an eco-friendly fibre, while best actress nominee, Saoirse Ronan adorned a Gucci gown that featured a V-neck bodice crafted from the black satin remains of her Bafta dress.
Veteran actor Jane Fonda also chose to repeat her beaded red Elie Saab Couture gown, which she wore at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Filmmaker Spike Lee paid a touching tribute to late NBA star Kobe Bryant by wearing a Gucci suit in the colour of the basketball star’s team Lakers.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash last month at the age of 41, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.