Awards shows are famous for their snubs, but the fact that “Lady Bird” left this year’s Oscars without winning a single category is an injustice that the film community should not stand for.
“Lady Bird,” a beautiful coming-of-age film that perfectly encapsulates teen angst in a Catholic high school, was nominated for five Academy Awards this year — Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), Best Director (Greta Gerwig) and Best Original Screenplay (Greta Gerwig). It won none of these.
The most obviously snubbed among these is Saoirse Ronan, the 24-year-old from Ireland who has proven her versatility in roles ranging from an Irish immigrant to a stony-faced Wes Anderson heroine. Still, her performance as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a Catholic school senior who desperately wants to leave her hometown of Sacramento, might just be her best yet.
"Lady Bird," despite its ability to connect with audiences and its artistic merit, was snubbed at this year's Oscar's. While this has happened to many films before it, the injustice of "Lady Bird" must be spoken about.
Ronan tackles this role with the tenacity of a truly angsty teen, shouting lines like, “I want to go where culture is,” in a way that makes the viewer cringe with familiarity. Her accent is not as polished as the audience might hope — her Irish twinge certainly creeps through during the most emotional scenes — but her well-acted outbursts more than make up for this issue.
Frances McDormand probably seemed like a more relevant choice for this year’s Best Actress award — after all, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was an important film that addressed the emotional turmoil that family members of rape victims face.