Alternate working title for this article: When Mansplaining Goes Hilariously Wrong. Natalie Portman was a presenter at the Golden Globes on Sunday. She, along with Ron Howard, presented the award for Best Director. A category from which female nominees were entirely excluded (despite the field being ripe with amazing female directors). Natalie, completely fed up with this shit, pointed that out during her time on stage.
Ron Howard: "We are honored … to be here to present the award for best director."
Natalie Portman, done with this shit: "And here are the all-male nominees." ? pic.twitter.com/8JboypiADo
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 8, 2018
Natalie Portman said nope. Not here for it. “And here are the all-male nominees.” Get ’em.
Here’s the thing: no one expects women to be nominated JUST BECAUSE they’re women. But some of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies of the year were directed BY WOMEN. So it seems odd, and incredibly stupid, that not a single female director was nominated.
Well, some dude on Twitter completed missed Natalie’s point, and took to the social media platform to mansplain it. He mansplained himself right into a self-own.
Natalie Portman is offended that every #GoldenGlobes nominated director this year is a man, even though women directed just 7% of the 250 highest grossing films last year.
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) January 8, 2018
Here’s the point: . Here’s Michael ————————– 🙁 Luckily plenty of people on Twitter had some time on their hands to help set him straight.
One of the top 10 highest grossing films of 2017 was directed by a woman. She wasn't nominated.
— Minhal Baig (@minhalbaig) January 8, 2018
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins (a woman!) grossed $775 million in 2017.
You just made the point dude.
— ItIsSoFknON ?2018 (@VeryBusyBrain) January 8, 2018
a) you have no idea what you’re talking about and b) how do you explain Lady Bird just won best comedy and Greta didn’t get a directing nomination?
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) January 8, 2018
So the film that won Best Comedy had a female director? Who wasn’t nominated for best director? WEIRD.
That awkward moment when you accidentally prove her point. pic.twitter.com/0lkeogT5c3
— Molly (@isteintraum) January 8, 2018
It’s very awkward.
Um, are you seriously not getting the point that women aren’t getting the opportunity to direct major films, and therefore to be nominated?
— Denell Downum (@DenellDownum) January 8, 2018
Actually, I think there’s a lot about it that he doesn’t get.
Yeah …7 % is a very Low number … her point exactly . How did you not understand that . Math not your strength ?
— Jed Brophy (@BrophyJed) January 8, 2018
Math, film, the list goes on and on!
Ultimately, it’s not just that no women were nominated, even though there were plenty who deserved the honor. It’s the fact that they’re not being given the opportunities. Wonder Woman was a massive success. Lady Bird was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year. Detroit seemed like an early awards front-runner and got high praise. Women are here to DO THE WORK. Still, there’s so much work to be done.
7% is a paltry number, considering the immense talent out there. Let women direct films. Have them bring their stories to the screen. It’s amazing what happens when they do. In fact, it’s downright award-worthy.
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