Rob Watson, while making a note about how Lucas Hedges is in both films, noticed this:
“Three Billboards and Lady Bird are the only movies to crack the box office top 10 this year while playing at fewer than 100 theaters.”
Let’s call this Hedgesing from now on.
— Rob (@r0bwatson) November 20, 2017
That shows you the power of online buzz, which drove both of these films into the “want to see” category. I wonder, in terms of Lady Bird, where this puts it as a female-directed film making that kind of money. I would not even know where to start looking to find out something like that but I wonder if there is a record broken here. Either way, there is no denying that both films have caused a stir and should do very well come awards time.
Lady Bird, with 150 reviews in, has an astonishing 100% at Rotten Tomatoes. It seems to be universally loved across the board and I’m going to guess that it will become one of those movies that defines a generation. It is about a generation defined, the millennial generation, as it takes place right at the turn of the millennium.
Lady Bird is sitting where Moonlight was last year, though eventually a few did register some negative reviews of Moonlight:
Both films do have a kind of “defining a generation” thing about them, which means that Lady Bird absolutely could win Best Picture. Greta Gerwig is one of those people who, if you put her at the mic for a win, she’ll melt hearts and that makes her a winner people will want to see keep winning. I think it is time to start taking it seriously as a Best Picture frontrunner.