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Laura Dern: Awards Season Queen

A frame from the movie Marriage Story featuring Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson.
Laura Dern in Marriage Story alongside fellow LSTFI alumna, Scarlett Johansson

Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute alumna, Laura Dern is dominating this year’s awards season. According to Dern’s IMDB, she received over 25 nominations in 2020 alone. We at LSTFI are so proud of the amazing work she has done – this year and every year. In 2020, the nominations came from her work in three projects: HBO’s Big Little Lies, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

A Successful Award Show Season

Most notably, Dern won awards for Best Supporting Actress at The Academy Awards and The Golden Globes for her role as Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story. At the Oscars, she was up against seasoned actresses Kathy Bates and Margot Robbie, up-and-coming actress Florence Pugh, and her fellow LSTFI alumna Scarlett Johansson. Johansson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Jojo Rabbit and Best Actress for her work in Marriage Story. This year, Johansson made history by joining a small selection of actors who have been nominated twice for acting in the same season. A great day for LSTFI alumnni!

At the Oscars, Laura gave a powerful and emotional speech about family and love. “Noah [Baumbach] wrote a movie about love,” she said, “and about breaching divisions in name and in the honor of family and home. And hopefully for all of us in the name of our planet.” She went on to thank her parents – both prominent Hollywood actors – who inspired her to act. This was Dern’s third Oscar nomination, but first win.

With all of her nominations and wins, Vogue calls 2020 “the year of Laura Dern.” Lucky for all Laura Dern fans, Vogue provided epic coverage and beautiful photo gallery of her night at the Golden Globes. Over the years, Dern has been nominated a whopping eight times for a Golden Globes, claiming the win at five.

At her final ceremony of the season, Dern won her first Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her work in Marriage Story. We are so proud of Laura and of all the incredible acting work she has done this year. Laura Dern is one of the many notable alumni LSTFI is proud to claim.

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Fall 20208/5 Update: Online

The Lee Strasberg Institute announces that fall semester classes will begin with fully online instruction, per State & Local guidance. (Los Angeles is preparing for outdoor in-person instruction once permitted.)

The power of Lee Strasberg’s work lies in its simplicity – it can be done anytime and anywhere. And as Lee believed, the foundation for all the actor’s work begins in the chair. So let’s all commit ourselves to our craft, to the deepening of our work, and to a daily practice of creativity and imagination–our greatest resource in these difficult times. 

Click here for Fall online classes in New York City. | Click here for Fall online classes for Los Angeles.

The Institute is also offering new short-term online only classes. See Online Acting