AceShowbiz - Laura Dern has received her early birthday present at the 2020 Academy Awards. The actress, who will turn 54 on Monday, February 10, won her first ever Oscar at the Sunday ceremony, being named Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Marriage Story".
"Thank you all for this gift. This is the best birthday present ever," she said in her speech. She thanked her parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, whom she called her "heroes." She continued, "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 hero my legends, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You got game. I love you."
Dern also gave a shout-out to the film's director Noah Baumbach, who also wrote the script. "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, and I would like to say a special thank you to the gifts of the love stories in my life, my step-children, C.J. And Harris, my heart and inspiration, Ellery and Gia," she added.
Not forgetting her friends, she ended her speech with, "I love my friends. You lift me up every day."
Dern defeated Kathy Bates ("Richard Jewell"), Scarlett Johansson ("Jojo Rabbit"), Florence Pugh ("Little Women (2019)") and Margot Robbie ("Bombshell") in the category. She was previously nominated for Best Actress for her role in 1991's "Rambling Rose" and for Best Supporting Actress for 2014's film "Wild".
Other winners recently announced at the live ceremony were "Ford v Ferrari" for Best Sound Editing (Donald Sylvester) and for Film Editing (Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland), "1917" for Sound Mixing (Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson) and for Cinematography (Roger Deakins), "Little Women" for Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran), "American Factory" for Documentary Feature and "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)" for Documentary Short.