Laura Dern is expected to finally win her first Academy Award tonight, the 2020 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the Netflix film Marriage Story. But she knows, no matter what, she already won the lottery with the part of Nora Fanshaw.
Divorce lawyer Nora is sort of but not completely based on celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who represented both Marriage Story writer/director Noah Baumbach in his divorce from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and Laura Dern in her own divorce from Ben Harper, per THR.
Laura Dern has two movies up for Best Picture this year -- Marriage Story and Little Women -- and she's not the only Marriage Story star nominated. Dern plays the lawyer of Scarlett Johansson's Nicole, and she's already talked about how fashion informed the character of Nora. Nora is definitely a power player and a scene-stealer in a movie filled with scene-stealers (Hello Alan Alda and Ray Liotta).
Laura Dern said she cried for half an hour after reading the Marriage Story script for the first time. There's one scene in particular that she especially appreciated. It's not even the jacket-stripping courtroom scene opposite Ray Liotta. No, it's the big speech that comes about an hour and 40 minutes into the movie after Scarlett Johansson's Nicole talks about her weaknesses. Nora warns her not to actually admit to some of her real flaws.
Here's what Laura Dern told USA Today (opens in new tab) about that scene:
Yes, here's the full text of the speech Laura Dern's Nora gives to Nicole in that moment:
MIC DROP. That's the end of the scene. I can imagine, for an actor, that kind of scene really would be the best Christmas present. It certainly helped Laura Dern get the showcase necessary for Oscars consideration.
Laura Dern has been nominated twice before -- Best Actress for Rambling Rose in 1992 and Best Supporting Actress for Wild in 2015. But finally with the tough-talking character of Nora, she might get her own win. That's if she isn't taken down by Scarlett Johansson herself, who is nominated for two Oscars, including in the Best Supporting Actress category for Jojo Rabbit. Other nominees in the category include Kathy Bates in Richard Jewell; Margot Robbie in Bombshell; and Florence Pugh for Little Women.
Here's the full list of Oscars 2020 nominees.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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