Natalie Portman and Ron Howard followed Oprah Winfrey’s passionate Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech, which focused heavily on gender and racial equality, by announcing the winner for best motion picture director at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.
Portman didn’t let the opportunity to make a statement slide: “And here are the all-male nominees,” she said.
(For reference, they were Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro, who won for “The Shape of Water.”)
The camera panned to each of the directors, who seemed unsure of how to react. Twitter users were similarly split on Portman’s decision.
Many applauded the actress, who helped spearhead the Time’s Up initiative calling attention to sexual misconduct, which Winfrey praised in her speech.
Others, however, were not as positive:
It’s worth noting that “Lady Bird,” which won best motion picture, comedy or musical, did not receive a nomination for director Greta Gerwig.
Barbra Streisand later criticized the all-male slate as well, stating that she is the only woman to have won a Golden Globe for best director. She won 34 years ago for “Yentl.”