On January 7, 2018. Oprah Winfrey, 63, graced the stage of the 75th Golden Globe Awards where she was honored with Cecil B. DeMille Award. After her powerful speech about the “Me Too” movement, “Annihilation” actress Natalie Portman, 36, and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” director Ron Howard, 63, took the stage to present the Best Director nominees and what ensued was unexpected.
Denouncing sexual assault and harassment, the “Me Too” movement started in October 2017 right after the controversial sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Winfrey ended her speech at the Golden Globes with a message about this movement.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon!” Winfrey said. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again.”
To those who took the stage after Winfrey’s speech, it was almost impossible to do something more remarkable. But that was exactly what Portman did and not even Howard was prepared for it.
Howard praised Winfrey’s speech first, describing it as a “remarkable and stunning” one, before saying that he and Portman were about to present the award for Best Director. Portman then said, “And here are the all-male nominees.”
The Best Director in the film category of the Golden Globes 2017 was given to “The Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro. He beat four nominees, namely “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” director Martin McDonagh, “Dunkirk” director Christopher Nolan, “All the Money in the World” director Ridley Scott and “The Post” director Steven Spielberg.
On social media, netizens were polarized when it comes to Portman’s remark about the all-male nominees. Some called her the savage queen while others criticized her saying it was unnecessary.
Among the female directors who some critics thought should have been nominated were “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and “Lady Bird” writer and director Greta Gerwig. The latter was nominated for Best Screenplay but lost to McDonagh.
Del Toro was also nominated for Best Screenplay along with his “The Shape of Water” co-writer Vanessa Taylor as well as “The Post” writers Liz Hannah and Josh Singer and “Molly’s Game” writer Aaron Sorkin. Meanwhile, watch Winfrey’s complete speech at the Golden Globes 2018 here: