The Queen has spoken. Or, more specifically, Helen Mirren.
While being honored at the Empire Awards in London on Sunday night, the actress took aim at Sam Mendes and seemed to accuse the Skyfall director of sexism.
"I don't want to unduly pick on Sam Mendes, but when he spoke about his inspirations earlier this evening, I'm afraid not a single one of the people he mentioned was a woman," Mirren said from the stage at the Grosvenor Hotel upon accepting the Legend Award, The Guardian reports.
Mirren was referring to the fact that when Mendes picked up the Empire Inspiration Award, he only cited male filmmakers such as François Truffaut, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Ingmar Bergman as his inspirations.
"Hopefully in five or 10 years, when Sam's successor is collecting their Inspiration Award, the list will be slightly more balanced in terms of sexual makeup," the 67-year-old Oscar winner noted in her speech. "In the meantime, this one is for the girls."