Noah Baumbach, Laura Dern, and Greta Gerwig pose backstage at the IFP’s 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 2, 2019 in New York City. "Noah and I sometimes get competitive about who loves Laura Dern more, and who Laura Dern loves more out of us," Gerwig continued. "For this reason, I’m going to read Noah’s speech and he’s going to read mine.
But with the help of Baumbach, Gerwig went on to recall how she first became familiar with Dern, aka her "ultimate girl crush," through watching Citizen Ruth and Jurassic Park. "I loved her even more than I loved Leonardo DiCaprio, who I sincerely believed I would marry," Baumbach said for his partner. "Laura Dern does that thing that all great actors do: You feel like you are them, and they are you, and also you want to be best friends with them.
Through Gerwig, Baumbach echoed her sentiments, describing himself as "a 50-year-old man with too many feelings and who talks with his hands" who now recognizes a scene between Dern and Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet as a "perfect cinematic moment. " (Though that wasn't his initial reaction: "The 17-year-old, however, went out and got a hoop earring to match Kyle MacLachlan's.
Laura Dern accepts an award from Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach at the IFP’s 29th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on December 2, 2019.
Together, Gerwig and Baumbach honored Dern with the 2019 actress tribute. "Noah and I have been looking for an excuse to wear our Laura Dern sweaters.