Los Angeles: In a sharp remark, Natalie Portman called out the "all-male nominees" of the Best Director category at the 75th Golden Globe Awards where talk on woman power was at the centre stage.

Portman took the stage here on Sunday with actor-filmmaker Ron Howard to present the award. After Howard introduced the category they would be presenting, Portman remarked: "And here are the all-male nominees."

Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg were contenders for Best Director in a year which had female directors like Patty Jenkins ("Wonder Woman"), Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") and Dee Rees ("Mudbound".

Toro, who looked a tad flustered, won the award for "The Shape of Water", a Cold War-era monster movie and remixed fairy tale musical, starring Sally Hawkins and Michael Shannon. (IANS)