Capital Public Radio Staff and the Associated Press
Lady Bird, the indie coming-of-age film mostly shot in Sacramento, came away empty handed Sunday at the 90th Academy Awards.
The film was nominated in five categories, including for best picture. 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.
Still, the film and its director got some memorable Oscar moments of their own.
On the red carpet before the awards, Gerwig gave another shoutout to Sacramento and St. Francis.
“I love Sacramento so much,” Gerwig said. “If anyone is watching in Sacramento, I love you. I love St. Francis.”
Then while actress Emma Stone introduced the nominees for best director, she introduced the group as "four men and Greta Gerwig." The line quickly took off on social media.
Gerwig did get make her way to the Academy Awards stage, presenting the best documentary award with Laura Dern.
The two women spent at least 10 minutes backstage together chatting and preparing for their moment onstage, during which Dern gave Gerwig a bit of a pep-talk.
"It's amazing. And it's historic," Dern told Gerwig of her best director nomination.
They discussed whether they should walk out arm in arm or holding hands. Gerwig took an impromptu vote with backstage workers, who said holding hands would be their best bet.
"Good," Gerwig said. "We crowd-sourced it."
The two women emerged onstage holding hands.