After co-presenter Ron Howard announced the category, Portman added with an expert level of shade, "And here are the all-male nominees".
The Superstore star also shared a photo of her and Portman, who joined Ferrera in wearing an all-black floor-length gown on Sunday, outside of Ferrera's house, before heading to the show together. It has also established a legal defense fund for victims of sexual assault.
That struggle intensified upon the announcement of this year's Golden Globe nominations, which ultimately saw Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig - despite the hefty monetary, critical, and industry-wide footprint left by her solo directorial debut - shut out of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's five-strong set of best director nominees.
As always, social media was split.
Even Mindy Kaling was super impressed.
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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. "Then Natalie Portman was like HOLD MY BEER".
After Natalie's remark, Barbra Streisand took to the stage and noted she was the last female director to win a Golden Globe for her work, and that was in 1984, Entertainment Weekly reported.
"That was 34 years ago". "We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director".
A female-directed movie ended up receiving top awards this year, however.
The best director category previously received backlash for its lack of female nominees.