There were many talking points on the 2018 Golden Globes but none quite like Natalie Portman’s sass. The actress presented the Golden Globe for Best Director at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Sunday night and took the opportunity to make a poignant statement. “And here are the all-male nominees,” Portman said to a shocked ballroom.
Now, one of those nominees has responded. Director Steven Spielberg described the nature of the industry as evolving. “There’s also a watershed happening at the moment – slowly, maybe not fast enough – for women directors,” said the 71-year-old. “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.”
Entertainment Tonight also asked Patty Jenkins what she thought of Portman’s comment. Jenkins of course experienced tremendous success at box office with the release of her film Wonder Woman in June 2017. “What could you say? It made me laugh, and it made me smile,” she said. “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. And what a difficult category to present without saying something about it, so she did it so perfectly.”