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Greta Gerwig's Catholic High School Is Throwing a 'Lady Bird' Oscars Party

Complete with a thrift-store prom dress contest and screenings of the director's old high school theater productions.

by River Donaghey
Feb 28 2018, 10:40pm

Screenshot via Lady Bird trailer

St. Francis High School, Greta Gerwig's Sacramento alma mater that helped inspire Lady Bird, is throwing a massive Oscars party to celebrate the film—and it sounds way better than just hanging out at the Deuce.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the party will air the Oscars ceremony in the school gym along with a screening of some rare VHS tapes of Gerwig's old high school theater productions she starred in while attending St. Francis, because nothing celebrates Gerwig's accomplishments like unearthing some embarrassing footage of her as a teen!

"We’ve never had an Oscar party," St. Francis High School's MaryAnne Kelly told the Bee, “but we’ve never had an alumnus nominated for five Oscars before."

There will also be a Lady Bird–style award for the best thrift-store prom dress—hopefully purchased from Thrift Town, the Sacramento thrift shop where Lady Bird bought her own dress—and even a life-size cutout of Gerwig herself, seeing as how the writer-director will hopefully be too busy winning some actual Oscars to pop by the party.

Partygoers will also be able to take their picture in front of backdrops of Sacramento landmarks featured in Lady Bird, since the movie has inspired a whole new wave of city pride from its residents. "All of a sudden, you have permission to say, 'I’m from Sacramento,'" Gerwig's high school theater teacher Cheryl Watson explained to Vanity Fair this week. "She wanted Sacramento to have the spotlight. She really wanted it."

And it won't be the last time Gerwig will be pointing a spotlight on Sacramento, either—the director is apparently planning another trio of films set in the city Lady Bird calls "the Midwest of California."

"[Lady Bird] is one part of Sacramento, but there’s a lot of different parts I’d like to explore,” Gerwig said on the premiere episode of A24's new podcast. "I have the inner privilege of being from a place and I’m really from that place. My family didn’t move. My family is still there. My friends are still there. I can actually speak to it with some feeling."

St. Francis High School is expecting around 350 people to show up for the party, which kicks off with its own red carpet walk at 4:30 PM on Sunday. Unfortunately, tickets are almost sold out, so act fast if you want to catch some of those clips of a teenage Gerwig in The Wizard of Oz or whatever.

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