After Ron said, "We are honoured to be here to present the award for best director.", Natalie made her point in a short but effective way, by adding, "and here are the all-male nominees".
That was Barbra Streisand who won in 1984 for her film Yentl.
Before that, Mary Tyler Moore won for her lead role in the 1980 best drama victor Ordinary People, as did Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Ali MacGraw for Love Story (1970), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days, Gloria Swanson for Sunset Boulevard (1950), Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1949), and Jennifer Jones at the first Globes ceremony for The Song of Bernadette (1943). "That was 34 years ago", she said. Folks! Time's up. We need more women directors and more women to be nominated for Best Director.
The duo then walked the red carpet together, joining up with more powerful women to take photos together, including Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, and Billie Jean King.
Things are even worse for female directors at the Oscars. Meyers continued to make fun of the male half of Hollywood, commenting that Sunday night is the first time in three months it wouldn't be terrifying for male stars to hear their names read aloud. Women are often barred by studios and producers who assume they can't handle a big budget or the pressure that comes with making a film.
A female-directed movie ended up receiving top awards this year, however. Bigelow said of the investigation at the time, "Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people yet this horrific situation for women directors persists".
Jane Campion followed in Streisand's footsteps two years later, recognized by the HFPA for her work in directing The Piano.