The Oscars might’ve overlooked Greta Gerwig in this year’s directors category, but her love Noah Baumbach didn’t.
While doling out his thank yous at Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., the filmmaker gave a shout-out to the “Little Women” director/screenwriter.
“I want to say hi to Greta, who, even though she made a movie too expensive for the Spirit Awards, she’s no less independent than anyone here,” the “Marriage Story” writer/director said, wrapping up his acceptance speech for best screenplay. “You’re amazing and my inspiration in everything.”
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Gerwig’s “Little Women” received six Academy Award nods, including one for best adapted screenplay. For the second year in a row, the Oscars best director category has not included any women. Gerwig was the sole female nominated for “Lady Bird” for the Oscars in 2018. That year she picked up the Spirit Award for best screenplay for the film starring Saoirse Ronan. Gerwig was previously nominated for best female lead Spirit Award for her role in the 2010 flick “Greenberg,” directed by Baumbach.
In March 2019, Gerwig’s representative Liz Mahoney confirmed her client and Baumbach had welcomed a child, after keeping the pregnancy under wraps.
While Baumbach is clearly fond of Gerwig, he spoke Saturday of the “agony” of screenwriting.
“This is my tenth movie, and I would think after ten screenplays it would get easier but no,” he said. “The truth is, for little moments amidst the agony, I love writing. And to be celebrated for it is a truly wonderful thing.”
Contributing: Maeve McDermott
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