7 reasons “Ladybird” should have swept the Oscars

“Ladybird” has taken off as “The Little Indie Movie That Could.”

An astounding five nominations have been awarded to “Ladybird,” including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

A film unlike any other, “Ladybird” has captured the hearts of audiences and film critics alike because of its coming-of-age plot.

The film is still available for viewers to see in theaters three months after its release date, Dec. 1, 2017.

Here are seven reasons “Ladybird” should have gone home with all the big trophies on Oscar night.


Saoirse Ronan gave her best performance to date – and it was marvelous

“Ladybird” gives Ronan her third Oscar nomination by the age of 23.

Prior films that earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations are “Atonement” and “Brooklyn.”

While Ronan did not win for these movies, critics believed it was her time to win the Oscar after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical for “Ladybird.”


Coming-of-age movies should be recognized by The Academy  

The star of the film is a teenage girl discovering herself and her potential life path.  

In today’s society with gender norms being broken and the “#MeToo” movement at its peak, a spotlight on “Ladybird” is helping the entertainment industry evolve showing strong women in our society.

The Academy could have joined that in a more genuine way had it seen fit to honor this film.


“Ladybird” had a collectively unique ensemble

Well-known talent such as Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Tracy Letts headline the film, but the film is also full of talent on-the-rise such as Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein and Timothee Chalamet.

Metcalf has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the film.

Although Chalamet was not nominated for an Oscar with “Ladybird,” his talent has earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the film “Call Me By Your Name.”

Lucas Hedges was nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for his role in “Manchester by the Sea.”


Great debut for director Greta Gerwig

Noted as semi-autobiographical, “Ladybird” is Gerwig’s first solo film that has garnered an enormous amount of positive reviews.

Gerwig is the only female nominee for Best Director and is only the fifth woman to be nominated in the history of The Awards.


“Ladybird” racked up many other awards

185 is the total number of nominations “Ladybird” has received during the 2017-2018 award show season.

Out of the 185 nominations, “Ladybird” won 83 prior to the Oscars, and this ratio of wins to nominations should have increased as award season carried on.


Rotten Tomatoes named “Ladybird” the best-reviewed movie of all time

Previously held by “Toy Story 2,” a movie from 19 years ago, “Ladybird” broke the prestigious Rotten Tomatoes record of the best-reviewed movie of all time.

Votes for Rotten Tomatoes are compiled by movie critics and fans to give an ultimate percentage score out of 100.

“Ladybird” was certified “fresh,” instead of rotten, with a score of 100 percent.


“Ladybird” raked in money on a low budget

As a low budget indie film, “Ladybird” has managed to rake in $43.8 million as of Feb. 5.

Only given a budget of $10 million, “Ladybird” has soared far beyond what A24 Productions could have ever imagined.

Too bad the Academy didn’t have the same imagination.


by Kaylor Davies

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