There are a few women who make it in Hollywood as film directors, and Greta Gerwig is one of them. Her 2017 film Lady Bird, in which she made her debut as a sole director (she had been co-director since 2008), was highly praised by the critics.
It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Film and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Director. This made her the fifth woman to be nominated in the Oscars’ 90-year history. The last woman to receive the nomination was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
Gerwig started her career in 2006 and has distinguished herself as an actress, author, and director. She announced herself after having appeared in some Mumblecore films (low budget, improvised productions) before moving into the mainstream with films such as No Strings Attached, Baghead, Arthur, To Rome with Love, Greenberg, Frances Ha, 20th Century Women, and others.
Greta Gerwig Biography (Age, and other Background Information)
Greta Celeste Gerwig was born on August 4, 1983, in Sacramento, California, as the daughter of her father Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer, and her mother Christine (née Sauer), a nurse in obstetrics/gynecology. She is of German, Irish and English descent. Greta has a younger brother who is believed to be a landscape architect.
Greta grew up as a child and loved dancing and hoped to perform in musical theatre. Although she grew up as a unitarian universalist (a liberal religion characterized by a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”), Greta’s parents sent her to a Catholic school for girls, St. Francis High School.
After graduating from high school, she attended a private women’s art liberal college, Barnard College, where she graduated with a degree in English and philosophy.
While at Barnard, Greta began her acting career with her debut in the Joe Swanberg film LOL (2006). This was to be her first of many future collaborations with the Mumblecore filmmaker.
They later co-wrote the 2007 film Hannah Takes the Stairs with Greta in the lead role as the title character. The following year they also shot and directed the film Nights and Weekends, which was to be Greta’s first behind-the-scenes experience as a co-director.
Besides Joe Swanberg, Gerwig also worked with other prominent Mumblecore filmmakers such as the Duplass brothers in films like Baghead.
In 2010 she met Oscar-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach, who was to become her next frequent collaborator and partner. She appeared in his comedy-drama Greenberg, in which Ben Stiller also played the leading role. Next, the duo that had been together since late 2011, Frances Ha (2013) and Mistress America (2015), in both of which Greta played the leading role.
Greta had other performances in which Bambach was not involved, such as Northern Comfort, where she also co-wrote, The Dish & the Spoon, Damsels in Distress, and others. With movies like Maggie’s Plan, Jackie, and Women in the 20th Century, she got more and more into the mainstream.
Century. Gerwig also tried her hand at the small screen. She talked about the character of Pony Merk in China, IL from 2011 to 2015. She got the lead role in a pilot for How I Met Your Dad, a spin-off of How I Met Your Mother, but it didn’t sell.
Gerwig had guest roles in Portlandia and Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. She made her stage debut in Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York in May 2014.
When she began acting, Gerwig aspired to be a playwright, but when she applied for a master’s degree in Fine Arts, she was rejected.
But Gerwig kept hope alive when she heard about the directors she met on set, including Mike Mills, a fellow director, Rebecca Miller, and of course her partner Noah Baumbach.
Gerwig learned quickly at work and Lady Bird is proof of that. The teen drama premiered on September 1, 2017, at the Telluride Film Festival. It was released in the cinemas on November 3, 2017. With a budget of 10 million dollars, the film grossed over 50 million dollars.
Gerwig is not the only one to receive awards for the film. The leading and supporting actresses Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were both nominated for an Oscar.
Greta Gerwig Awards and Nominations
Greta Gerwig has earned a plethora of award nominations in her career, winning at least 9. Here are some of the most notable ones.
Detroit Film Critics Society – Breakthrough Artist (Nominated)
Gotham Independent Film Awards – Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress (Nominated)
Independent Spirit Awards – Best Female Lead (Nominated)
Damsels in Distress (2012)
Detroit Film Critics Society – Best Actress (Nominated)
Dublin International Film Festival – Best Actress (Won)
Frances Ha (2014)
Chlotrudis Awards – Best Actress And Best Original Screenplay (Nominated)
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Best Actress in a Comedy (Nominated)
Golden Globe Award – Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical (Nominated)
London Film Critics’ Circle – Actress of the Year (Nominated)
20th Century Women (2016)
Detroit Film Critics Society – Best Supporting Actress (Won)
Nominated: Houston Film Critics Society, Austin Film Critics Association, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, London Film Critics’ Circle
Lady Bird (2017)
Won: BCharts Annual Film Awards (Best Screen Play), Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF Award), National Board of Review (Best Director), Satellite Awards, (Auteur Award)
Nominated: Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Best Screenplay – Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture.