Laura Dern has been discussing David Lynch’s reaction to finally winning his first Academy Award.
Earlier this year Lynch received the honorary Oscar as part of the 2019 Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In what was a celebration of Lynch’s iconic pictures such as Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and more, Lynch joined fellow director Lina Wertmüller and actors Geena Davis and Wes Studi as honorary recipients.
Lynch, taking to the stage to receive the award, was greeted by Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, and Isabella Rossellini who were chosen to present him the gong. In typical Lynch fashion, his acceptance speech went viral for his hilariously short take: “To the Academy and everyone who helped me along the way, thanks,” he said, before addressing the statue: “You have a very nice face. Good night.”
Remembering the evening, Dern said: “The whole room goes insane,” Dern told Vulture about the moment Lynch was announced as the winner. “The quintessential moment I’ve had with David in all of these years was, he was holding his Oscar, and we walked back for a smoke. He needed a smoke.”
She added: “And as we went outside, he was holding it and I said, ‘How do you feel?’ and he goes, ‘Wow, this is so pretty. But you know, we’re just lucky.’ Which people say, you know. And I was accepting it in the way I’ve heard other people say it. He goes, ‘I mean, they’re not our ideas. We’re just lucky if we catch them.’
“And I’m just like, ‘Yeah, well, that’s David Lynch,’” Dern added. “They’re not our ideas. Things move through us. We didn’t make them up. I just think that’s really beautiful.”
Dern, who has worked with Lynch on films such as Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks: The Return, Inland Empire and more, added: “It just gets better and better,” when speaking about her collaborators. “He’s incredible. He’s everything you want him to be.”
See the speeches, below.