As she announced the nominees for the category, she uttered a blunt and factually accurate qualifier.
From host Seth Meyers to just about every female victor and presenter, no one shied away from addressing the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through Hollywood at the 2018 Golden Globes.
On Sunday night, one of the most common refrains was, unsurprisingly, the need for a more inclusive and supportive environment for women-both in Hollywood and beyond. Out of the four female directors who have ever been nominated for an Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is the only one who took home the Best Director trophy. Or, how about Dee Rees for the stunning and universally under appreciated, Mudbound?
Natalie and Ron took a moment to collect themselves before listing the Best Director nominees. So, making these men uncomfortable for a few seconds is a small price to pay for the unhinged acknowledgment of a stacked deck. They made good, even great, films. Prior to listing the nominations, Portman made sure to point out that the category only featured male nominees.More news: Dale Steyn comes in from the cold
Listen, confronting power paradigms, racial inequality, and gender disparity is not comfortable - for anyone. "We lived in the gaps between the stories".
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A movie directed by a woman did end up receiving top awards. "I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn't believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts. Folks, Time's Up!" she said. It gave us more freedom.
Which brings us back to Portman.More news: Ryan Giggs interviewed for vacant Wales manager's job
Immediately after Natalie's bold comment, stars like Jane The Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez, 33, and How To Get Away With Murder's Matt McGorry, tweeted their praise for Natalie. Del Toro, who is Mexican, was the only nominee preventing the line-up from being the all-white male nominees.
Portman stood strong and serious after her bold recognition of the factual detail, but it did receive a nervous laugh from Howard.More news: City services, facilities affected by Martin Luther King Jr. Day