Steven Spielberg Responds to Natalie Portman's Best Directors Dig at Golden Globes


Sunday night, actor Natalie Portman set the Golden Globes aflame with a single, cutting, seemingly off-the-cuff comment when she helped present the award for best director of a motion picture drama, alongside Ron Howard.

"I think it was great!" he wrote. "And what a hard category to present without saying something about it, so she did it so perfectly".

"And here are the all-male nominees", Portman added, throwing shade at the Hollywood Foreign Press. "I really feel that this is going to be the previous year that that's true", she said in reference to the gender disparity.

The category is all-male, which some felt was a snub to Greta Gerwig and her work directing Lady Bird.

And in case you weren't aware of that, Natalie Portman made sure to call it out during this year's Golden Globes.

The lack of female directors was not for a lack of options, including Dee Rees, who directed "Mudbound". "Tag me please! #WHYWEWEARBLACK #TIMESUP", she captioned a photo entitled "Why I Wear Black Today".

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"Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2017" found that women made up 18% of all the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on the top 250 United States films released previous year.

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

The nominations for best director are Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049, Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, and Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

"We are honored", Howard began as the pair began to open the envelope containing the winner's identity, "to be here to present the award for best director".

And on one final note to put this all into perspective: a woman has not won the Best Director category at the Golden Globes for 34 years.

Since the Golden Globes' inception in the 1940s, only seven women have been nominated for best director and only one woman has won (Barbra Streisand for 1984's Yentl).