Asked to reply to Natalie Portman’s “and here are the improper-male nominees” jab as she introduced the exclusively male nominees in the Globes’ Best Director category, Spielberg gave an encouraging assessment of sexism in Hollywood.
“There’s … a watershed happening right now, slowly, perhaps, possibly not swiftly enough, for women directors,” the three-time Oscar winner told Entertainment Tonight at the National Board of Review Awards in recent York. “I mean you maintain Patty Jenkins [‘Wonder Woman’]. We maintain some astounding women that maintain near forward, you know, ‘Mudbound’ and ‘Lady Bird.’ ”
Both Portman and Barbra Streisand, who pointed out that no woman has won a Globe for Best Director since she did for “Yentl” in 1984, presumably spoke up because Jenkins, Dee Rees of “Mudbound” and National Board of Review winner Greta Gerwig of “Lady Bird” were excluded from the Globes nominees.
But Spielberg believes the more prestigious Academy Awards will right that. “This is a pretty incredible year, and I contemplate you’ll be seeing some nominations,” said the director of “The Post.” “I’m predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, whether not several.”
Jenkins, who received a highlight Award at the National Board of Review dinner, gave Portman the thumbs-up for her zinger. “It made me laugh, and it made me smile,” the “Wonder Woman” director said. “gape, it’s been a puny glaring that women directors don’t gather nominated so often and it is odd.”
The 2018 nominations will be announced on Jan. 23.