The 75th Golden Globe Awards last night was a pretty rad celebration of fierce women finally standing up to the powerful men who've kept them silent for too long.
But it wasn't perfect.
Though the vast majority of actors present chose to wear black in solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, that didn't preclude problematic moments — men with reputations as harassers and abusers like James Franco and Gary Oldman collected awards while attempting to stand in solidarity with victims, and women were left out of some of the night's biggest categories, including Best Director.
Natalie Portman, who presented the directing award along with Ron Howard, called out the Golden Globes' sexist habits with great brevity and wit, knocking us all to the floor with her incredible ferocity.
Women presented a united front against sexual predators and inequality in Hollywood and beyond at the Golden Globes last night.
via: Getty ImagesIt was truly inspiring to see a bunch of women who have had enough finally feel empowered to speak out and stand up for themselves. But the Golden Globes wasn't perfect — women and people of color were still snubbed in that old-fashioned way, and while the outspoken nature of the broadcast was a breath of fresh air, it was a mere step. There's still so much that must be done. Oprah helped the cause with the massively inspiring speech she gave when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award. After her speech, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. It would be a tough act to follow.
Someone had to continue the show, and that dreary task fell to Natalie Portman and Ron Howard, who presented the award for Best Director. America's Opie and the Black Swan did the whole, "Man, how do you follow Oprah?" thing before launching into the nitty-gritty of naming the nominees. But Natalie Portman's cue-up for the nominees was instantly iconic:
Bless Natalie Portman for dragging the all-male "Best Director" category at the #GoldenGlobes… https://t.co/ndC3BzYub6— HuffPost (@HuffPost)1515383763.0
Needless to say, however, Natalie Portman's one sentence pretty much slayed the Internet.
Natalie Portman on best director: “And Here are the all male nominees.” I’M DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD DEAD… https://t.co/xMkL415mZ2— Amber Tamblyn (@Amber Tamblyn)1515381671.0
Natalie Portman actually did that.
THINGS NATALIE PORTMAN DID: A) THAT.— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕)1515381553.0
It took hours — no, it will probably take days — for us to recover from her badassery.It might seem like a small jab at a giant institution, but that's the point — Natalie Portman felt emboldened enough by the mood of the night to call out the very show she was on. We've reached a turning point, folks, and Natalie Portman's statement proves it...
Women are no longer afraid to be rude.
"And here are the all-male nominees" says Natalie Portman SO GUTSY & RUDE, as she presents the best-director nominees. Whoa.— Emily Nussbaum (@Emily Nussbaum)1515381510.0
That's where we are in this movement, and it's beyond refreshing. It's vital, and it's about time.
Natalie Portman presenting Best Director https://t.co/0MkjhMwG2w— Mike Ryan (@Mike Ryan)1515381714.0
If Natalie Portman's new movie Annihilation is anything like her performance on the Golden Globes, this is going to be the movie of the year.
The new trailer for Natalie Portman's Annihilation is the best one yet. https://t.co/7Cqriwl1OZ— jack ryan 🙏 (@jack ryan 🙏)1515398683.0