With her directorial debut Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig revealed herself to be a bold new cinematic voice, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Gerwig disclosed that she'd written personal letters to artists she had in mind for the film – including Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette – to expressly ask for their blessing to use their songs. "The soundtrack," wrote Billboard's Tatiana Tenreyro, "plays a big role in showing protagonist Lady Bird's turbulent adolescent years. The film is set in 2002, and Gerwig wanted it to feel as authentic as possible with a soundtrack that transports viewers to the era." Starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role and Laurie Metcalf as her mother, Lady Bird won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, while Ronan took home the award for Best Actress.