Natalie Portman and Barbra Streisand criticise Globes shunning women directors

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

To introduce Barbra Streisand, who was presenting the award for Best Picture, the announcer made sure to emphasize that she was the only woman to have ever won a Golden Globe for Best Director.

Unfortch, the awards themselves didn't quite reflect the times - most notably with an all-male set of Best Director nominees. "That's 34 years ago!"

Five men crowded the best director category in which Globes organisers the Hollywood Foreign Press Association found no space for Greta Gerwig, despite her film Lady Bird going on to win best comedy movie. "Folks, time's up!" she said. "You know that was 1984 ― that was 34 years ago", the singer said, her voice rising.

Barbra Streisand took a moment before presenting the last Golden Globe award Sunday night to call out the lack of nominations for female directors in the history of the awards ceremony.

"So backstage I heard they said something about my - I was the only woman to get, did I hear it right, yes, the only woman to get the Best Director award", she said.

"I'm very proud to stand in a room with people who speak out against gender inequality, sexual harassment and the pettiness that has poisoned our politics", she said. "There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women".


She also talked about the power of film to change people's views and to effect change within society.

Actress and director Natalie Portman, who is Jewish, also addressed the inequality in Hollywood while presenting the award for best director, saying "Here are the all-male nominees".

I tell ya, finally getting to see a bunch of tough industry women stop taking shit is a pretty exhilarating way to start the year.

Only eight women directed a top grossing film in 2017, one less than the high mark nine years previously. She also applauded the entertainment industry for confronting the recent scandals and vowing to implement change.

Women have been nominated in the Golden Globe's best director category only seven times since 1943, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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