The 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes will not only be remembered in years to come for Oprah Winfrey’s show-stopping Cecil B. deMille acceptance speech, but also for the solidarity on the red carpet and inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom for the #TimesUp movement, espousing equal rights for women. So, it’s not surprising that an impressive number of powerful women were also honored for their work both on the small screen, with Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale, and on the big screen, with first-time writer-director Greta Gerwig winning Best Motion Picture, Comedy for her directorial debut, Lady Bird, along with leading lady, Saoirse Ronan winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy.
Lady Bird is a coming of age story starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high school senior growing up in Sacramento, California and dealing with a strained relationship with her mother (Golden Globe-nominated Laurie Metcalf). After Lady Bird joins the school’s theater program to find herself, she meets Danny (Lucas Hedges), the first of several men she jumps into relationships with during her struggle to find herself and her efforts to escape from her family. Audiences have been known to visibly gasp in one of the opening scenes featuring Lady Bird’s mother driving and bickering with her daughter, who abruptly opens the car door in the middle of a highway and throws herself out.
The parallels between Lady Bird’s search for empowerment and the current state of the women’s movement is not lost on Greta Gerwig. She says she was inspired to helm her own film after talking to female directors Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Dee Rees (Mudbound) and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) and hopes in the near future it won’t be a big deal at all for a woman to be in charge on a set. “I hope this is a year where we look back one day and say, ‘that’s where it started to change’.” It’s safe to say she’s probably right.