Although all eyes were on Los Angeles this weekend for the Oscars, one of the 2020 award season highlights took place on Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica.
The moment in question came courtesy of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
The choir was introduced by host Aubrey Plaza. She gave a short speech on the importance of LGBTQ representation on screen, “and while we do have some amazing queer films nominated tonight, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the gayest moments in other films that you may not have realized were gay.”
The men launched into a song that highlighted, among others, “Idina Menzel in Uncut Gems, J Lo’s pole dancing to Fiona Apple….”
Other “gay” moments included The Lighthouse’s “concept of a cursed bird,” “Renée Zellweger’s press tour” for Judy, and “the kid from Marriage Story probably one day (he’s obsessed with Halloween and loves his mother).”
But building to the song’s climax, they highlight not one but several Laura Dern moments, to the amusement of the actress, who was in the audience. The chorus were joined on stage by the singer Alex Newell.
“Laura Dern kicking her feet up on the couch, Laure Dern ordering a kale salad,” the sing. “Laure Dern dressed slutty in court, just all of Laura Dern.”
The clip has been widely praised on social media.
This is one of the funniest things I have ever seen an awards show do, and every day from this moment forward I will regret I was not the gay who wrote it. pic.twitter.com/0Gh3k3Qrf9
— Fran Tirado (@fransquishco) February 9, 2020
James Corden called it, “The best part of any award show you’ll see this year. Sensational.”
Twitter user @iIovwoozi said, “I have never in my LIFE seen something with its finger so firmly on the pulse of gay film twitter, I’m flabbergasted at our hivemind collective being so wholly on display like this.”
Fellow Twitter user @MarcSnetiker simply said, “When people ask what gay Twitter is just show them this.”
When people ask what gay Twitter is just show them this pic.twitter.com/NKZfRWUlQQ
— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) February 9, 2020
Dern was not nominated for a Spirit Award, although writer-director Noah Baumbach won Best Screenplay for Marriage Story (in which Dern appeared). However, Dern went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards on Sunday evening for her role in the movie.