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

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The category notably omitted Greta Gerwig, director of awards-circuit heavyweight "Lady Bird".

Another said: "Natalie Portman pulled a Kanye West", followed by the hashtag "Golden Globes 2018".

Ms. Portman added, without a smile: "And here are the all-male nominees".

And fans were ecstatic about her clap back. She too, wore a sparkly black gown to show her support for the anti-sexual harassment initiative.

But then, Portman took the stage, appearing with director Ron Howard to present the award for best director. "There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women".

The ceremony came after damning research was published detailing how Hollywood has failed to tackle its lack of women directors, with only 4% of the past decade's top films being helmed by women.

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Of course, it's not if Portman was the first to point out the all-male nomination slate; it's been a theme of some of the coverage of the Globes this year. "We lived in the gaps between the stories". It gave us more freedom.

Natalie Portman used her stage time at Sunday's Golden Globes to call out the gender inequality of directing in Hollywood, and The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro loved it.

"I was the only woman - did I hear right?"

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. We have some unbelievable women that have come forward, you know Mudbound and Lady Bird. But as usual, there are some people who are trolling her for what she said. "Folks, Time's Up!" she said.

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.