Natalie Portman Calls Out All-Male Best Director Category While Presenting Golden Globe

Natalie Portman and Ron Howard present at 75th Golden Globes
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The actress dropped the mic on a night that was striving to empower women.

Natalie Portman dropped the mic on the Golden Globes.

After Oprah's rousing Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech, encouraging women to speak "truth to power" and declaring a "new dawn on the horizon" for equality, the next category up was Best Director.

Presenting alongside Ron Howard, who started with the typical "We are honored to be here to present the award for best director..." Portman matter-of-factly followed up with "...and here are the all-male nominees."

To say the faces of the nominees fell is an understatement, as Howard nervously laughed. Behold the GIFs:


Guillermo Del Toro ultimately won the award, but the real winner in the eyes of social media was Portman for her bold move.

"Natalie Portman went into savage mode and poor Guillermo del Toro never saw it coming," wrote one user.


Stars like Shonda Rhimes, Sarah Silverman, and Amber Tamblyn were in awe of Portman too.

When the nominations were announced, many declared the lack of nomination for Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins as a major snub (along with Jordan Peele's lack of nomination for Get Out.)

Despite the snub, Lady Bird took home two awards, for Best Actress and for Best Musical/Comedy motion picture.

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