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Natalie Portman Drags the Golden Globes’ All-Male Best Director Nominees Effortlessly

Natalie Portman and Ron Howard had a difficult task, following Oprah Winfrey’s instantly legendary acceptance speech for the Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award to give out the Best Director prize. How to follow up a rallying cry for greater treatment of women that so perfectly summarized the importance of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements?

If you’re Howard, you make a joke about how emotional it was and press on. And if you’re Portman, you effortlessly, succinctly drag the f*ck out of the irony of the situation.

“Here are the all male nominees,” Portman said as they began to introduce the Globes’ five male nominees for best director.

The nominees, including eventual winner Guillermo Del Toro, looked rather speechless as Howard and Portman read their names. (Howard looked pretty embarrassed, too.) Twitter exploded with appropriate glee.

Female directors like Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Dee Rees (Mudbound), and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) were all ignored by the Globes, resulting in a category that felt tone-deaf at a time when the film and TV industries have been reckoning with their treatment of women in the past and present.

For Portman, it seemed, enough was enough. In reacting, she gave us a drag for the record books.

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