Natalie Portman's Golden Globes speech was very candid about an uncomfortable truth

Emmett Rice
January 9, 2018

There was an audible gasp and shock in the room after Portman's words, which Ron Howard found very amusing (probably because he got to see the looks on everyone's faces after she said it). Quite literally Oprah may have just launched a 2020 presidential run.

After Howard did the usual spiel to introduce the category, Portman said in a brilliant unscripted moment: "And here are the all-male nominees".

If she had received a nomination, however, Gerwig wouldn't have been the first woman to do so. "Then Natalie Portman was like HOLD MY BEER". "Truth is powerful, and in a really good film, we recognized the truth about ourselves, about others, and it's so powerful that it can even change people's minds, touch people's hearts, and ultimately even change society, itself".

While Gerwig's inclusion among 2018 nominees Guillermo del Toro, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Martin McDonagh, and Christopher Nolan would have been welcome (and deserved), this year's Golden Globe Awards did make strides for female-centric films in general.

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Barbra Streisand also took a jab at the Globes, noting that she'd been the only woman to have won best director - in 1984.

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.

While the Golden Globes have become increasingly more diverse, there are still a few categories that could use a little more diversification. Strong supporter of the Time's Up initiative and category presenter Natalie Portman was not about to let that oversight go unnoticed.

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