Natalie Portman Won the Golden Globes With One Sharp Comment

Jan 8, 2018 at 11:25 a.m. ET
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For women watching the Golden Globes, it was a night of empowerment and inspiration. Women took control of the ceremony and were celebrated like they never have been before, telling Hollywood — and the world — over and over in their speeches we have had enough of being silenced, of coming in second, of being seen as less than our male counterparts.

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Just minutes after Oprah Winfrey gave a goose bump-inducing speech about a new era dawning for women, Natalie Portman took the stage to announce the nominees for the award for Best Director. Only one problem: The nominees for Best Director were Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Martin McDonagh and Guillermo del Toro, five men. On a night when women were standing up and making their voices the loudest in the room, Portman wasn't about to have that.

"And here are the all-male nominees," she deadpanned.

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The crowd's reaction was a mix of cheering and stunned silence, but Twitter was all the way here for it.

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Even better than Portman's jab, though, were the moments that followed. As each male director was announced, the camera panned to his face, each one looking more awkward and uncomfortable than the last.

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We already knew female directors who did amazing work in 2017, like Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Dee Rees (Mudbound) got snubbed this year. What we didn't know is that we'd see justice come for them so quickly.

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