Natalie Portman's All-Male Directors Category Remark Prompts Quick Reaction

The air of change Portman and Ferrera were among the many stars to sign the Time's Up campaign letter ahead of the New Year's Day launch

"Here are all the male nominees", she said as the names of Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Steven Spielberg (The Post), All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott) and the eventual victor Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water).

"And here are the all-male nominees", Portman added, throwing shade at the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Barbra Streisand remains the only woman to have won the accolade, as she took the honor for directing the 1983 film Yentl; she received a follow-up nomination for directing 1991's The Prince of Tides.

Ferrera, who won a Golden Globe for her role in Ugly Betty in 2007, dazzled on the red carpet in a floor-length sparkly black gown and long black blazer.

In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at tonight's Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey delivered a powerful and poignant speech in which she advocated on behalf of women, people of color, the impoverished, journalism, truth, and human decency. "That was 34 years ago", she said. Only one woman has ever won the award for best director in the Golden Globes' 75-year history. "There's so many films out there that are so good, directed by women". It took a decade for another woman to occupy a slot, with Lost In Translation's Sofia Coppola earning a nod in 2003. Women are often barred by studios and producers who assume they can't handle a big budget or the pressure that comes with making a film. Stories of misogyny in Hollywood were so disturbing that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched an investigation into sexism against female directors in 2016 - over a year before the Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo movement.

Of the few women allowed to make movies, fewer still are backed by a studio willing to fund a major awards campaign.

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