The actress won her first ever 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 in the honor of family and home and hopefully 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 really blessed you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting heroes, my legends, Dianne Ladd and Bruce Dern.”
Adding at the end that this was “the is the best birthday present, ever.” Dern turns 54 on Monday.