Greta Gerwig is the fifth woman to be nominated for the best director in Oscar Awards. Inspired by Kathryn Bigelow, who won the first woman best director award in Oscar, Greta Gerwig also aimed to win the award.
She is the only woman to be nominated for the best director award among Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nalon, Jordan Peele, and Guillermo del Toro. The success of the movie is significant because Greta Gerwig has done solo debut as a director.
Lady Bird is a comedy-drama that star casts Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf. The story is about a high school senior and her relationship with her mother. The film won the best motion picture at 75th Golden Globe Awards.
Greta Gerwig was honored as the best director for her work in Lady Bird by National Society of Film and National Board of Review. According to the sources, the number of female directors in the film industry has increased from 7 percent to 11 percent.
The percentage of women working behind the film has not increased significantly. The four women who were nominated for best directors prior to Greta Gerwig were Kathryn Bigelow, Lina Wertmuller, Sofia Coppola, and Jane Campion.
Greta Gerwig co-directed the movie Nights and Weekends. She also worked in some micro-budget films such as Hannah Takes the Stairs.
Greta said, “I just keep going back to my cast and the crew, movies are not a solo endeavor, they are the most collaborative art form,” and she also added that “Everybody not only brought their heart and soul to it, they brought the most detailed level of craft and art and that in itself is an act of love.”
Greta said that all the credit for nomination for the best director category was a group effort.