Come this year's Oscars ceremony, Steven Spielberg doesn't think the Best Director presenter will have to call out the "all-male nominees."
Natalie Portman made headlines earlier this week when she introduced the Golden Globes directing category that way. But Spielberg believes that the Oscar nominations will include gender diversity.
"There's also a watershed happening right now, slowly, maybe not fast enough, for women directors," the three-time Oscar winner told "Entertainment Tonight" at the National Board of Review awards gala.
"I mean you have ["Wonder Woman" director] Patty Jenkins. We have some amazing women that have come forward, you know 'Mudbound' and 'Lady Bird','" he added, referring to Dee Rees and Greta Gerwig.
"This is a pretty incredible year, and I think you'll be seeing some nominations. I'm predicting at the Oscars this year for a woman director, if not several."
As for Jenkins herself, she said Portman's dig "made me laugh, and it made me smile. Look, it's been a little glaring that women directors don't get nominated so often and it is odd. Particularly when their films are being celebrated in every other way, so I thought it was interesting to highlight it."