Laura Dern wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Marriage Story’

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As was widely expected, Laura Dern has won Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of ruthless divorce attorney Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story. Dern swept this awards season and was the favorite for this category, having won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild awards for this role. Two anonymous Oscar voters interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter did not vote for Dern and called her performance over the top, which is something I’ve thought about her work for a while, especially after watching Enlightened. I thought she nailed this role though. That scene where she flipped from work mode to order a kale salad was so typical of her character, nice as can be superficially but ultimately ruthless. Dern is part of an acting legacy and has put in decades of strong work. This is her third nomination and first win.

Laura gave a fairly standard acceptance speech. She thanked her fellow nominees, Netflix, and she also thanked the writer/director Noah Baumbach. “Noah wrote a movie about love and about breaching divisions in the name and in the honor of family and home and hopefully for all of us in the name of our planet.” She also thanked her children and ended by thanking her parents.

Some say never meet your heroes. I say if you’re really blessed you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting heroes, my legends Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. The audience applauded at that.” She ended with “This is the best birthday present ever.”

Tomorrow is Lauras’s 53rd birthday. Happy birthday and congratulations to her. She’s been working steadily and seems to be in everything lately. She definitely has the support of her peers.

Laura’s boob tassel dress is Armani. We’ll have full fashion coverage bright and early tomorrow!

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  1. hudson girl says:

    Can’t stand her acting. She can’t dress for sh-t (that lamp shade Armani sucked).
    But, she seems like a lovely person.

    • Justwastingtime says:

      She has had a a fairly dodgy personal life (involved in the break up of Billy Bob Thornton’s marriage as well as that of Ben Harper) so I guess she is only for women unless they have a spouse she wants.

      • Sue M says:

        Really? I couldn’t find anything about that. Only that Billy Bob dumped her for Angelina Jolie. And that she and Ben split later after being together for years.

      • Justwastingtime says:

        Sue M. She is quick to talk loudly about others but she she is a real piece of work.
        She got with BBT when he was with his first wife and had kids. She was (maybe) living with BBT when he left her to be with AJ but they were not married or in a long term relationship. Then, she got pregnant with her son by Ben Harper while his wife was either pregnant or just over having a child. Ben Harper is gross of course but she has an unpleasant pattern. It’s kind of funny that she was so indignant about that “homewrecker” Angelina.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      I thought she chewed the scenery in “Marriage Story.” Don’t see why she was even nominated.

  2. Liz version 700 says:

    You win an Oscar a flipping Oscar and you wear A Golden Girl’s third best night gown to accept it?! 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Charfromdarock says:

      @liz version 700

      “A Golden Girl’s third best night gown to accept it?!”

      That IS the perfect description for that dress.

  3. minx says:

    I hated that movie but she’s a good actress, congrats to her.

    • Um says:

      It was a terrible movie.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Opposite here, Minx–I loved the movie and thought Driver was wonderful and Johanson was the best I’ve ever seen her, but I thought Dern overacted for the type of role she was playing. Interesting how different our takes are, since we’re usually on the same page about most things.

    • SKF says:

      I thought she was excellent in Marriage Story. I love her as an actress and I love that she has aged naturally.

      However, I think Scarlett was better in Jojo Rabbit and deserved this win. It was an exceptional performance. She was really something special in that movie.

  4. Teeee says:

    I loved Enlightened!!!

    • Carol says:

      I loved Enlightened too!!! So sad it went off the air. I generally think Laura Dern is excellent iN most of her projects. But I can understand why some folks might think she can be over the top. Like in the horrendous Big Little Lies 2nd season.

  5. Insomniac says:

    Her mom crying next to her when her name was called made me tear up.

    • Boxy Lady says:

      Same here! I was crying because Diane Ladd was crying. It reminded me of when Mira Sorvino won and her father Paul Sorvino quite openly bawled like a baby. It’s really sweet when actors’ children win; the parents seem so overwhelmed with emotion and pride for their children.

  6. Adrien says:

    She was already due for an Oscar for decades now. I am glad she finally got one. Laura does not give half-ass performance not even in Bravetown, a high school dance flick where the young leads and their team performed Platton scene dance number in a competition.

  7. sassbr says:

    Meh. She was really out of place in that movie.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I thought the same thing! Everything else felt weirdly dated and very blah (and like a Woody Allen knock-off), but she was sort of ritzy and showy.
      I like her a lot, she’s one of my favorite actresses, and while she was good in the role, I didn’t finish the movie and think “she deserves an Oscar for that performance”. More like this is cumulative for all of the work she’s done over the years.

      • sassbr says:

        She was basically being a more low key version of her BLL character.

        Personally, I don’t really like when they award someone for their career rather than the role-lots of people get robbed that way.

  8. stormsmama says:

    this oscar was about her body of work

    end scene

  9. Carmen says:

    Sorry, I can’t stand that chupacabra. When I saw her in Jurassic Park I was rooting for the raptors.

  10. DiegoInSF says:

    Kaiser should have covered her win, lol! love it when she covers her nemesis even though I do like Laura. She has an awful sense of style though.

  11. Mustlovedogs says:

    My first thought when I heard she’d won was -“oh dear, poor Kaiser!’”

  12. spicy says:

    Ugh, Ihated her in Marriage Story! Nit sure if it was the acting or the role itself but it was a bug no for me. I found her very distracting from the story, plus her big speech about how mothers are judged worse than men came off a little weird and oddly placed in the scene. It came so out of nowhere, I was thinking why is this lady going off??

  13. Grant says:

    If it wasn’t going to be J. Lo (yes, I said it. This was her Oscar, dammit!) I’m glad it was Laura Dern. I’ve loved her since Jurassic Park. I was very moved that she brought her mom, Diane Ladd. I bet it is very exciting for both Oscar nominee Ladd and Laura’s father, Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, to watch their daughter take home the gold.

  14. Bella says:

    I loved the movie and thought everyone in it was awesome! Glad she won, but I do no not like her fashion. Her Oscar dress was only ok. The color was horrible.