Lady Bird and Greta Gerwig are on their way to superstar status after a Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical win at the 2018 Golden Globes! The film faced stiff competition from Get Out, The Disaster Artist, I, Tonya and The Greatest Showman. But in the end Lady Bird bested the other films to bring home the win.
Writer and director Greta Gerwig was overwhelmed accepting the award. She thanked her loved ones, the cast and crew, and the people of Sacramento, who she said, "helped me to get where I am today."
Heading into the 2018 Golden Globes, Lady Bird and Get Out were considered the top two contenders for the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical prize. Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan as a high school senior with a strained relationship with her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. The coming-of-age story is directed by Greta Gerwig.
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"I wanted the audience to feel like they could follow any one character and there would be a whole movie there, and almost that you got this quality of leaning forward for everybody because you think, 'What's that life? Who is that person, really? How did they get there? What was that decision?"' Gerwig told Slate.
Get Out was a somewhat controversial choice for this category. After all, as a horror film, it is not exactly a comedy. But it is a satire. And director Jordan Peele didn’t think the decision to submit the movie as a comedy was that big of a deal.
"When I originally heard the idea of placing it in the comedy category it didn’t register to me as an issue," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I missed it. There’s no category for social thriller. So what? I moved on."
He added, "The reason for the visceral response to this movie being called a comedy is that we are still living in a time in which African American cries for justice aren’t being taken seriously. It’s important to acknowledge that though there are funny moments, the systemic racism that the movie is about is very real."
Watch the trailer for Get Out below.
The rest of the category featured three biopics. The Disaster Artist stars James Franco, who also produced and directed the film, as Tommy Wiseau. Wiseau created the infamous 2003 film The Room, which many believe is one of the worst movies ever made.
I, Tonya stars Margot Robbie as disgrace figure skater Tonya Harding. And The Greatest Showman, the one musical in the category, is based on the life of P.T. Barnum, creator of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Hugh Jackman stars as Barnum, with Michelle Williams as his wife, Charity Barnum.
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