With one withering comment, Natalie Portman made a big statement

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In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Natalie Portman and Ron Howard speak onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Natalie Portman didn't hold her feelings back when helping present the award.

In the end, the award for best director went to Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape Of Water. "They're the women whose names we'll never know".

Ron Howard and Natalie Portman had the hard task of following an Oprah Winfrey speech at the Golden Globes.

"That was 34 years ago, folks".

"What could you say?"

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"I have had projects where explicitly the studio has said, 'this is the limit of your budget because it's a female character, '" Del Toro told IndieWire of Hollywood's pervasive sexism.

The five nominated directors had the grace to look somewhat sheepish in the aftermath. Particularly when their films are being celebrated in every other way, so I thought it was interesting to highlight it. While presenting the coveted award onstage Sunday night, the actress made a jab acknowledging that women were left out of the category.

During the ceremony itself, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Greta Gerwig and many more women spoke at length about the industry's responsibility to put sexual assault and misconduct firmly in the past. "I really feel that this is going to be the past year that that's true", she said in reference to the gender disparity.

Streisand later added on Twitter that she was "very disappointed" that director Dee Rees wasn't nominated for Mudbound and Patty Jenkins wasn't nominated for Wonder Woman.

Only eight women directed a top grossing film in 2017, one less than the high mark nine years previously.