Accepting the award, writer-director Greta Gerwig thanked distributor A24: “You’re magic and thank you for including ‘Lady Bird’ in your family.”
She also thanked actresses Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, whom she called “the most extraordinary actresses I could ever imagine.” She finished her speech by thanking her parents and siblings, who watched her perform plays in their living room. “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I’m truly so grateful and shocked.”
Also nominated in this category were Azazel Jacobs for “The Lovers,” Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jordan Peele for “Get Out,” and Mike White for “Beatriz at Dinner.”
“Lady Bird” has also earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category, which will be presented during the 90th Academy Awards tomorrow night.
The Indie Spirit Awards are different from the Oscars in that — as their name suggests — they exclusively celebrate the best of independent cinema. While there’s no strict definition for what constitutes independent cinema, films must be made for less than $20 million in order to be eligible for the Indie Spirit Awards. The winners are voted on by Film Independent and IFP Members.
The 33rd Annual Spirit Awards were held in a beachfront tent next to the Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, March 3rd. Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosted the show for the second consecutive year.