During the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, presenter Natalie Portman made a point of calling the contenders for Best Director "the all-male nominees". However, it was Natalie Portman who truly took the cake.
Portman, who has been a vocal supporter of the Time's Up initiative, a legal defence fund for victims of sexual assault and harassment, was not having it and made it known.
After all, when the nominees were first announced, this was one category that was called out for failing to recognise the efforts of female directors and directors of colour.
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.
Barbra also took a stand when she presented the award of Best Motion Picture - Drama and told the audience she was the only woman to receive the Best Director award, when she took home the gong for Yentl in 1984. "'And here are the all male nominees.' Natalie Portman calls it for what it is", Shonda Rhimes tweeted.
And yet Golden Globes producers thought it was a good idea to follow Oprah's speech by crowning the victor for Best Director, a category made up exclusively of men. Some 16 years ago, The Hours and Chicago were the last pair to achieve the feat. "We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director".
"In my humble opinion, I was very disappointed that director Dee Rees and her powerful film @mudboundmovie wasn't even nominated", she said. "Time's up!" she said. "The three highest-grossing films past year were all carried by women".