The actress won her first since forever Academy Award Sunday night for her role as divorce lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Netflix’s “Marriage Story.”
“Noah [Baumbach] wrote a movie about love,” Dern said in her speech. “And about breaching divisions in the name and the honor of family and home and hope for all of us in the name of our planet.”
“I would like to say a special thank you to the gifts of the love stories of my life, my stepchildren, CJ and Harris, my heart and inspiration, Ellery and Jaya,” Dern continued. “You know, some say never meet your heroes, but I say if you’re blessed you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting heroes, my legends, Dianne Ladd and Bruce Dern.”
Including toward the end, this was “the is the best birthday present, ever.” Dern turns 54 on Monday.
This is the third nomination of Dern’s career, beforehand she got nods for “Rambling Rose,” and “Wild.”
It’s been an exciting awards season for Dern, who has just won a Golden Globe, SAG Award and BAFTA Award, among different accolades for her performance in the film.
Dern started her career in Hollywood at 11 years old, and as she referenced in her speech she hails from Hollywood royalty with both of her folks being Academy Award nominees.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Dern said that she would not set up a speech ahead of time. “I was raised by actors, and they taught me, you never know. I’ll be at the moment.”