The Hollywood Reporter | 3:55 PM PST 2/8/2020 by Alexandra Del Rosario
The musical number transformed into an homage to the ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Little Women.’ Aubrey Plaza brought out the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles to celebrate the not-so-obvious LGBTQ moments in films nominated for the 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards show on Saturday.
“Idina Menzel in Uncut Gems / J.Lo pole-dancing to Fiona Apple / FKA Twigs talking about snakes,” the choir chanted over a somber piano track as the audience laughed. After also shouting out Waves, Luce and The Lighthouse, the choir also sang about nominees The Farewell, Judy and Parasite. before turning to Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.
“The kid from Marriage Story, probably, one day. / He’s obsessed with Halloween and loves his mother,” they sang.
But the celebratory number took a turn when the choir started to sing about one actress and one actress only: Laura Dern.
“Laura Dern kicking her feet on the couch / Laura Dern ordering a kale salad / Laura Dern dressed slutty in court,” they sang. After mentioning almost all of Dern’s Marriage Story scenes, the choir just started chanting the actress’ name as a montage of stills from her previous projects including Jurassic Park played in the background.The somber number then turned into a soulful one as singer Alex Newell Āoncè came onstage and belted the actress’ name repeatedly.
Dern waved her hands in her seat and laughed alongside her fellow actors as the choir literally sang her praises.
The 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Aubrey Plaza, live on IFC from a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
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