Natalie Portman got in a not-so-subtle jab at the lack of female representation in the Best Directors category last night at the Golden Globes. The Black Swan actress blasted the voters of the awards show, which are organised by Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), for failing to include any female directors in its Best Director category as she took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to present the prize with Ron Howard.
Oprah Winfrey had just given a fiery speech, promising girls and young women viewers that "a new day is on the horizon".
"Here are all the male nominees", she said as Ron Howard began to list the nominees.More news: Trump postpones his 'fake news' awards
As always, social media was split.
"I couldn't believe someone had to immediately follow Oprah and then Natalie Portman comes through with that", Twitter user said. She took home the award for Yentl in 1984. "And you know that was 1984 - that was 34 years ago". And while she attended the awards ceremony as a presenter, it was her accurate and cutting remark while giving out the award for best director that had everyone buzzing, CNN reported.
While the HFPA is nearly entirely removed from the "insider" industry precursors that traditionally line the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards (its membership encompasses roughly 100 journalists, not film professionals), it does offer invaluable visibility directly or indirectly.
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