As she was on stage to present the victor alongside another male director, Ron Howard, Portman introduced the "all-male nominees" to gasps and shocked laughter from the audience. Gal Gadot is an idol to little girls everywhere as Wonder Woman, and Patty Jenkins became the first female director of a summer blockbuster success.
"I think it was great!" he wrote.
In the now viral moment, Portman introduces the "all-male nominees", exacting gasps of disbelief from the crowd at the Beverly Hilton, as well as the millions watching from home.
While the room filled with chatter and Howard appeared slightly shocked, Twitter was busy having a field day with Portman's surprising comment.
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"What could you say?"
Many applauded the actress, who helped spearhead the Time's Up initiative calling attention to sexual misconduct, which Winfrey praised in her speech.
"In my humble opinion, I was very disappointed that director Dee Rees and her powerful film @mudboundmovie wasn't even nominated", she said.
The five nominated directors had the grace to look somewhat sheepish in the aftermath.
And on that note, there has NEVER been an all-female group of director nominees, and in all honesty, we'll probably never see one. Particularly when their films are being celebrated in every other way, so I thought it was interesting to highlight it. As she announced the nominees for the category, she uttered a blunt and factually accurate qualifier.