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The story behind Natalie Portman’s ‘all-male nominees’ burn at the Golden Globes

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Natalie Portman attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Annihilation' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
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Natalie Portman

Actress Natalie Portman caused a stir at the Golden Globes in January with her pithy one-liner about the “all-male nominees” in the best director category. In a new interview with Buzzfeed, the Harvard grad, who will be curating and hosting a block of comedy and entertainment programming at Boston Calling in May, explained how she decided to make that comment.

Portman, a member of the recently created Time’s Up movement, told Buzzfeed that she discussed her presentation “with some of the women [she’s] been working with,” saying that she wanted to bring attention to the category’s gender imbalance without disrespecting its nominees.

“You don’t want to not recognize them,” Portman said. “It’s just, why aren’t we recognizing the people who aren’t part of this exclusive club? So one of the women recommended I say that, and it felt like stating something that was true.”

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Portman went on to say that “part of what we’re here to do” is call attention to the people who are “not in the room.”

“We have to make it weird for people to walk in a room where everyone’s not in the room,” Portman said. “If you look around a room and everyone looks like you, get out of that room. Or change that room. Whether you go to a restaurant, whether you go to your kid’s school, whether you go to work — if you look around, and everyone’s not in the room, change that room.”

Kevin Slane can be reached at kevin.slane@boston.com