Natalie Portman calls out ‘all male nominees’ for best director

January 12, 2018

(CNN)While presenting the award for best director alongside Ron Howard, Natalie Portman took the opportunity to point out the obvious: Not a single woman was nominated. Guillermo del Toro won the category for “The Shape of Water.” Reaction was mixed on Twitter, with users congratulating her for highlighting a perceived gender bias and others saying Portman’s comments had detracted from a moment of genuine achievement for the nominees.