“And here are the all male nominees.”
That two-word jab from Natalie Portman, as she presented the nominees for Best Director at the 75th annual Golden Globe awards, summed up what some might have missed amid the ‘reckoning’ of the Times Up movement.
The first glittery award ceremony for 2018 was a great one for women in movies and television.
But not, as Portman pointed out, for female directors.
The camera panned to the uncomfortable faces of the male directors nominated for their work on the night. Steven Spielberg was one of them.
Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Tonight, the award-winning director has responded to Portman’s choice of words, and it’s actually really great.
“There’s also a watershed happening right now, slowly, maybe not fast enough, for women directors,” the three-time Oscar winner said when asked how he felt about being one of the nominees in the all-male category.
“I mean you have Patty Jenkins. We have some amazing women that have come forward, you know Mudbound and Lady Bird. This is a pretty incredible year, and I think you’ll be seeing some nominations. I’m predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several.”
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And at a time when it’s nearly impossible for a man in Hollywood to say the ‘right thing’, the award-winning director nailed it.
Wonder Woman director, Jenkins could be one of those female Best Director nominees. For her, the all male nominees comment solidified what she already knew about gender disparity among film directors.
“Look, it’s been a little glaring that women directors don’t get nominated so often and it is odd. Particularly when their films are being celebrated in every other way, so I thought it was interesting to highlight it,” she said.