Natalie Portman calls out female directors snub at Golden Globes

The gender gap for women in Hollywood is glaring new study shows

Natalie Portman and Barbra Streisand called out the Golden Globes for failing to recognise female directors during the ceremony on Sunday (07Jan18).

Standing alongside her fellow presenter, director Ron Howard, Portman made it a point to call out the category's major faux pas. Then Portman chimed in before the five men were listed: "And here are the all-male nominees".

Guillermo del Toro won the category for "The Shape of Water".

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Reaction was mixed on Twitter, with users congratulating her for highlighting a perceived gender bias and others saying Portman's comments had detracted from a moment of genuine achievement for the nominees.

On the same night as the biggest sartorial protest for women's rights in Hollywood history, the Golden Globes failed to recognize the contributions of women in one major category: Best Director, Motion Picture. Prior to Frances McDormand taking best actress for her role in Three Billboards, the last performer to win the Golden Globe for best actress in a film that also won best drama was The Hours' Nicole Kidman all the way back in 2003. We have some wonderful women that have come forward, you know Mudbound and Lady Bird. "Folks! Time's up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for best director", she said. "I'm predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several".

A movie directed by a woman did end up receiving top awards.

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