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Natalie Portman Calls Out 'All-Male' Award Nominees (Video)

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Actress Natalie Portman is making news for what she said at the Jan. 7 Golden Globes (video below).

Portman joined director Ron Howard on stage at the annual ceremony to present the award for best director of a motion picture, notes the Daily Mail.

Television personality Oprah Winfrey had just given a fiery speech, promising girls and young women viewers that "a new day is on the horizon."

Portman, like most of the female celebrities who attended the event at the Beverly Hilton, wore black to show support for Time's Up, an initiative that seeks to promote equality, wage parity, and inclusion for women. It has also established a legal defense fund for victims of sexual assault.

In addition to making a statement with her attire, Portman also made a verbal statement when she took the stage. "And here are the all-male nominees," she said, before reading the gender-biased list of names competing for the best director award.

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The statement won rave reviews on social media.

"Yas Natalie Get Em Girl," tweeted actress and writer Mindy Kaling.

"And Natalie Portman is my f**king hero," Evan Rachel Wood chimed in.

Another female wrote: "Me and my friends just bawled our eyes out at Oprah's speech. Then Natalie Portman was like HOLD MY BEER."

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"I couldn't believe someone had to immediately follow Oprah and then Natalie Portman comes through with that," Twitter user said.

Actress and singer-songwriter Barbra Streisand is the only woman who has ever won the Golden Globes award for film directing in the show's 75-year history.

That was for her 1984 movie "Yentl."

"So backstage I heard they said something about my, uh, I was the only woman to get -- did I hear right, yes -- the only woman to get the Best Director award," Streisand told the audience, CNN reports. "And you know that was 1984 -- that was 34 years ago. Folks! Time's up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director. There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women."

After the show, Streisand followed up her comments with a Twitter post:

In my humble opinion, I was very disappointed that director Dee Rees and her powerful film @mudboundmovie wasn't even nominated. I also would have liked to see director [Patty Jenks] and her film @WonderWomanFilm recognized because it shows how strong women can be, not only as characters but also at the box office. The three highest-grossing films last year were all carried by women.

One female-directed movie ended up receiving top awards this year, however. "Lady Bird," directed by Greta Gerwig, won for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress.

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Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Featured Image: GabboT/Flickr / Embedded Images: NBC and Twitter via Daily Mail

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