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Things We Saw Today: Let’s All Sing the Praises of Laura Dern

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It’s no secret that we here at TMS love Laura Dern. And obviously we’re not alone: the iconic actress has long been a fan favorite, and is coming off of an incredible run in 2019 that includes scene-stealing performances in Big Little Lies, Marriage Story, and Little Women. Dern has already won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and is favored to win the Oscar for her performance in Marriage Story.

But all those awards pale in comparison to the tribute she got at the Independent Spirit Awards. Host Aubrey Plaza introduced the Gay Men’s Choir of Los Angeles to sing a tribute to the best queer film moments of 2019. They name-checked J. Lo pole dancing in Hustlers, Terrence Malick’s extended hiatus between films, and other moments before zeroing in on Dern.

The Choir sang Dern’s praises, noting various moments of queer excellence in Marriage Story, such as Dern taking off her heels, ordering a kale salad, and dressing slutty for court. Finally they just kept singing her name and were joined by Alex Newell (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) to bring the house down.

It was a hilarious bit, made all the better by Laura Dern’s shocked and delighted reactions. Many joined in the celebration of Dern on Twitter:

Though she wasn’t nominated, Laura Dern was clearly the night’s biggest winner. We have no choice but to stan.

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