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Steven Spielberg Responds To Natalie Portman's "All-Male" Golden Globes Burn

13 January 2018

While presenting the Best Director award alongside Ron Howard, Natalie Portman took the opportunity to point out the obvious: Not a single woman was nominated.

"I think it was great!" he wrote. As she announced the nominees for the category, she uttered a blunt and factually accurate qualifier. But amidst all of that, Natalie Portman said what didn't occur to a lot of us. "I'm predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several".

Spielberg didn't shy away from the fact that female directors specifically have a hard time getting recognition for their work.

With two small words, Natalie Portman effectively nailed the tone of last night's female-centric Golden Globe Awards.

"I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon", Oprah said.

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.

The camera panned to each male nominee [Christopher Nolan, Martin McDonagh, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro] and they couldn't have looked more uncomfortable.

The 2018 Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 23.

But then, Portman took the stage, appearing with director Ron Howard to present the award for best director.

It was a biting remark that became even more impactful when Greta Gerwig (previously presumed to be a shoe-in for the category) picked up a win for Best Picture, Comedy right after.

Tweeting after the Golden Globes, previous victor Barbra Streisand said: "I also would have liked to see director @PattyJenks and her film @WonderWomanFilm recognized because it shows how strong women can be, not only as characters but also at the box office".

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