Bigelow said of the investigation at the time, "Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people yet this horrific situation for women directors persists".
After co-presenter Ron Howard announced the category, Portman added with an expert level of shade, "And here are the all-male nominees".
Howard opened his mouth in slight shock after his presenting partner's jab while the all-male nominees looked uncomfortable as the camera panned to their faces as each of their names were called out.
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He beat out Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Ridley Scott for All the Money in the World and Steven Spielberg for The Post.
With regards to the acceptance speeches, Laura Dern, Elisabeth Moss, Frances McDormand and Nicole Kidman were just some of the actresses that spoke out and showed solidarity with that particular cause, but it's arguable that Natalie Portman's speech upstaged them all.
Immediately after Natalie's bold comment, stars like Jane The Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez, 33, and How To Get Away With Murder's Matt McGorry, tweeted their praise for Natalie. Barbra Streisand took home the award for her 1984 film Yentl, which also won best picture that same year.
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The moment sparked quick reaction on Twitter. "Preach!" Evan Rachel Wood wrote, "And Natalie Portman is my f****** Hero!"
"That was 34 years ago, folks". Other women missing from the Best Director category included Mudbound's Dee Rees and Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins. Portman criticized the lack of female nominees in the directing category. The pair even sang "And the Golden Globe goes to" in flawless harmony before presenting The Shape of Water with the win.
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