The film beat out fellow nominees Get Out, The Disaster Artist, The Greatest Showman and I, Tonya.
The Greta Gerwig-written and -directed film about a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) in her senior year of high school in Sacramento, California, received four Golden Globe nominations, including for best screenplay (Gerwig), best supporting actress (Laurie Metcalf) and best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical (Ronan). Ronan won the best actress prize earlier in the night.
First-time helmer Gerwig was famously left out of the nominees in the best director category, something presenter Natalie Portman alluded to when she called out the “all-male nominees” in the category.
Accepting the best film, comedy or musical, prize, an effusively appreciative Gerwig said “thank you” multiple times and expressed her gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, her producers, distributor A24, her cast including “goddesses” Ronan and Metcalf and her mom and dad.
She also thanked “the people of Sacramento, who gave me roots and wings and helped me to get where I am.”
Earlier, while introducing a clip from her film, Gerwig said the movie is about two generations of women and “about the relationships that shape us, dreams that define us and the inescapable pull of a place called home.”
The top Golden Globe prize is merely the latest accolade for Lady Bird, which has been named best picture by a number of critics groups, including the National Society of Film Critics, which voted on its annual awards on Saturday.
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