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Lady Bird Earns Best Picture Oscar Nomination, Best Director For Greta Gerwig

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Saoirse Ronan (left) and Beanie Feldstein play best friends in Lady Bird.

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Lady Bird, the beloved indie coming-of-age film mostly shot here in Sacramento, took home five Academy Award nominations Tuesday, including a spot as one of the nine Best Picture of the year finalists.

Director Greta Gerwig, who grew up in the River City and attended St. Francis High School, was nominated for Best Director. Since the Academy Awards’ inception 1929, she is only the fifth woman to earn a nomination in this category.

Gerwig also landed a Best Original Screenplay nod.

In acting categories, the Academy nominated Saoirse Ronan as Best Actress, and Laurie Metcalf as Best Supporting Actress.

Fellow Best Picture nominees include Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

In the Academy Awards’ 90-year history, Gerwig joins only Lina Wertmuller (who made Seven Beauties in 1975), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) as a Best Director nominee.

Earlier this month, Lady Bird nabbed two Golden Globe wins, for Best Actress and Best Picture (both in the “Musical or Comedy” category). The film also received nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.

During her speech, Gerwig expressed gratitude toward her hometown. “Thank you … to the people of Sacramento, who gave me roots and wings, and helped me to get where I am today,” she said.

In an interview on Insight with Beth Ruyak last year, Ronan also praised the city, saying that she remembers everyone in Sacramento “being very warm and friendly,” and that the “scenery was very beautiful.”

Lady Bird previously won best film of the year honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society of Film Critics, and the Chicago Film Critics Association. It also previously set a record as highest rated movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes.

Find out more at Oscars.Go.Com. The Academy Awards will be presented on March 4 in Los Angeles.

Nick Miller

Senior Editor, News & Features

Nick Miller is an award-winning editor with more than 15 years of newsroom experience. Previously he was editor-in-chief of the East Bay Express in Oakland, and worked as an editor for 12 years at the Sacramento News & Review.  Read Full Bio 

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