While presenting the nominees and victor alongside director Ron Howard, Portman notes, quite pointedly, that the nominees were all male.
Oprah Winfrey had just given a fiery speech, promising girls and young women viewers that "a new day is on the horizon". When it was her turn, with an ice-cold expression, she said, "And here are the all-male nominees".
Guillermo del Toro beat out fellow directors Martin McDonagh [Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri] Christopher Nolan [Dunkirk], Ridley Scott [All The Money in the World] and Steven Spielberg [The Post], to win best director at the 2018 Globes.
Immediately after Natalie's bold comment, stars like Jane The Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez, 33, and How To Get Away With Murder's Matt McGorry, tweeted their praise for Natalie.
"That was 34 years ago". Only one woman has ever won the award for best director in the Golden Globes' 75-year history. Since the Golden Globes' inaugural ceremony in 1944, seven films directed by women have been nominated in the best director category, though only five women have received the honor as two of them received matching nods (albeit in different years).
The duo then walked the red carpet together, joining up with more powerful women to take photos together, including Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, and Billie Jean King.
When James Franco called up Tommy Wiseau to the stage during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Disaster Artist, The Room director was not afraid to try and steal the spotlight!