Oscar-winner Natalie Portman went off-script as she presented the award for Best Director at the Golden Globes and her ad-lib was quite possibly the most audacious one of the night.

Portman was joined by Ron Howard to present the award to either Guillermo del Toro for 'The Shape of Water', Martin McDonagh for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missour'i, Christopher Nolan for 'Dunkirk', Ridley Scott for 'All the Money in the World' or Steven Spielberg for 'The Post' and the surprising lack of women in the category, and the fact that only one woman has ever won (Barbra Streisand, who was sitting front and centre last night), wasn't lost on her.

After some pre-written autocue schtick, Howard said: "We are honored to be here to present the award for best director."

Natalie Portman then added: "And here are the all-male nominees."

There was an audible gasp and shock in the room after Portman's words, which Ron Howard found very amusing (probably because he got to see the looks on everyone's faces after she said it).

The look on her face says it all.

And viewers were overjoyed.