Greta Gerwig Honored for Blockbuster Barbie Film at Gotham Awards

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It’s finally time to roll out the red carpet again, and Greta Gerwig did not disappoint at the 2023 Gotham Independent Film Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 27.

In collaboration with star-producer Margot Robbie, the 40-year-old acclaimed writer and director took home prestigious accolades for their blockbuster Barbie film, receiving the distinguished Global Icon & Creator Tribute.

Radiating Girl Boss Vibes in Brandon Maxwell

Greta Gerwig exuded elegance as she graced the red carpet in a stunning Brandon Maxwell ensemble from the American fashion designer’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection.

Greta Gerwig looking chic in a Brandon Maxwell Spring/Summer 2024 look complete with a wool-silk cape blazer at the 2023 Gotham Independent Film AwardsGreta Gerwig looking chic in a Brandon Maxwell Spring/Summer 2024 look, complete with a wool-silk cape blazer at the 2023 Gotham Independent Film Awards held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 27, 2023 (Credit: Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto)

Her attire featured a white layered Lyra ruched sheer knit top paired with an ivory-colored Katya sheer knit maxi dress boasting an A-line silhouette, pleats, and a floor-grazing hem.

Adding a touch of sophistication, she adorned an oversized cream Laila wool-silk cape blazer from Brandon Maxwell, flaunting peaked lapels and a button fastening.

The Lady Bird director’s look was cinched with a statement silver Courtney leather belt, showcasing Gerwig’s impeccable style.

Her ensemble was styled by Karla Welch, who ensured every detail was on point, including a black clutch that complemented the dramatic belt.

Greta Gerwig accessorized with a statement silver Courtney leather belt, a black clutch, and Ana Khouri jewelsGreta Gerwig accessorized with a statement silver Courtney leather belt, a black clutch, and Ana Khouri jewels (Credit: Darla Khazei / INSTARimages)

Accessories weren’t overlooked, with Gerwig opting for Ana Khouri jewels, including a diamond Phillipa ear cuff, a diamond Mirian bracelet in white, and a diamond Phillipa ring.

Her blonde locks, styled in a slicked-back fashion, cascaded down her back, while a bold red lip perfectly matched the nail polish on her fingers.

Gotham Awards’ Special Tribute for Barbie

During the awards ceremony, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie accepted the Global Icon & Creator Tribute with humor and grace. In their joint speech, they expressed gratitude to the Gotham Awards and playfully recapped the genesis of Barbie.

Since its summer release, the film that turned the world pink achieved remarkable success, grossing a staggering $1.44 billion worldwide.

These global earnings secured its place as the 14th highest-earning movie of all time and Warner Bros.’s most successful film of the year. Gerwig made history as the first female director to helm a film that crossed the $1 billion mark.

Greta Gerwig made history as the first female director to helm a film that crossed the $1 billion markGreta Gerwig made history as the first female director to helm a film that crossed the $1 billion mark (Credit: Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto)

Reflecting on the film’s creation during the Covid lockdown, the Frances Ha star shared (via Deadline), “We figured that if no one was making movies anyway, they might as well not make this one. And we showed it to everyone. And Warner Bros., miraculously, said yes, and Mattel, miraculously, said yes.”

Robbie quipped, “Essentially. Mostly. With some notes, which Greta and Noah ignored.” Gerwig countered, “We carefully considered the notes. And then we presented our case,” while Robbie disagreed, saying, “You ignored them.”

Greta Gerwig co-wrote the screenplay for Barbie with partner Noah BaumbachGreta Gerwig co-wrote the screenplay for Barbie with partner Noah Baumbach (Credit: Janet Mayer / Startraksphoto)

After the show, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie spoke with ET‘s Rachel Smith backstage.

Gerwig expressed, “The Gotham Awards have been part of my experience of being part of the filmmaking community – especially independent films in New York – really from the very beginning. Every time I’ve gotten to attend this event, it’s been inspiring and thrilling to see this group of filmmakers come together and honor their work.”

She added, “Honestly, I just feel very blessed. I never expected I’d get a Gotham Award for Barbie.”

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