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We All Love Natalie Portman Even More Now — Here’s Why

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Natalie Portman, award-winning actor, announced the winner for the Best Director category at 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. Besides the fact that she stunned in a classic black dress — for her feminist #TimesUp campaign, in which supporters of equal rights in the workplace wear black — she unabashedly called out the fact that it was an all-male list of nominees.

Portman’s co-presenter, Ron Howard, also presented the category with her — though he mostly just stood next to Portman, not adding much one way or other.

But then Portman dropped some choice words:  “And here,” she said, “are the all-male nominees.”

Onstage, Howard laughed nervously. There were cheers and applause in the audience — and the internet went nuts, naturally.

But Portman was right, of course: Acclaimed women directors like Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig were shut out of the award — a major oversight,  considering Wonder Woman was the highest grossing DC film ever, or how Lady Bird has been praised just about everywhere.

So, who took home the Golden Globe? Director Guillermo Del Toro won for his love story “The Shape of Water.” His film was quite compelling — but that doesn’t justify the fact that women directors sat on the sidelines.

Another reason to celebrate this weekend? Portman finally joined Instagram. So now she can give shade on the internet, too. Her first series of posts centered around #TimesUp, which was started — including Hollywood actors like Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Eva Longoria — which fights for the inclusion in the workforce of marginalized people (like women, queer people, and people of color). Too bad there’s not a Golden Globe for social justice warriors.

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