Laura Dern is one proud daughter.
The actress, 53, brought her mother Diane Ladd to tears after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress at the 92nd annual Academy Awards Sunday for Netflix’s “Marriage Story.”
“Some say never meet your heroes,” Dern said during her emotional acceptance speech. “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 – who beat out the likes of Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”), Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”), Florence Pugh (“Little Women”) and Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”) – embraced her mother immediately after she was announced the winner.
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Backstage moments later, Dern said the heartwarming moment with her mother “means the world. She credited her parents with her acting career.
“I went backstage, and people were telling me my mother was very moved, and that just makes me so happy to stand up and sing their praises,” Dern said in the press room following her speech. “(My parents) literally got me here and artistically got me here as well. So it means the world. Thank you.”
Her win was a full circle moment for Dern, who first attended the Academy Awards alongside Ladd in 1974 at age 7. (“I remember that I, by accident, tripped on my dress and fell into Tatum O’Neal.”) This year, Dern brought Ladd and her children Ellery Harper, 18, and Jaya Harper, 15, to the Oscars with her.
Ladd, 84, has been nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar three times: 1974’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” 1990’s “Wild at Heart” and 1991’s “Rambling Rose.” Dern’s father Bruce, 83, has received two nominations: A best supporting actor nod for 1979’s “Coming Home” and a best actor nomination for 2013’s “Nebraska.”
This marks Dern’s first Oscar win. And to make the moment even more special, it comes ahead of her 54th birthday on Monday.
“Thank you for this gift,” Dern said. “It is the best birthday present ever.”
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