Portman, who has been a vocal supporter of the Time's Up initiative, a legal defence fund for victims of sexual assault and harassment, was not having it and made it known.
Golden Globes 2018 snubbed women filmmakers from the Best Director category and the decision did not go down well with presenter Natalie Portman, who slammed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for making it an "all-men" space.
The statement won rave reviews on social media.
Some of Portman's fellow actresses also chimed in with Mindy Kaling tweeting: 'Yas Natalie Get Em Girl'. The irony was not lost on Natalie Portman, who was tasked with announcing the category.
'Me and my friends just bawled out eyes out at Oprah's speech.
Meryl Streep left and Ai-jen Poo
Many celebs and fans took to Twitter to praise Portman for savaging the awards, where winners' speeches were dominated by the call for equality.
That was Barbra Streisand who won in 1984 for her film Yentl. "That was 34 years ago", she said. "Let's make our workplaces look more like our world", she said in a video before slipping into her black Dior Haute Couture Golden Globes dress. "There are so many films out there that are so good directed by women". Gerwig recently won Best Director from the National Society of Film Critics. "The three highest-grossing films previous year were all carried by women".
If she had received a nomination, however, Gerwig wouldn't have been the first woman to do so.