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Laura Dern Is Now an Emmy Winner and Everything Is Right With the World

The sixth time was the charm for Laura Dern, who finally walked away with an Emmy Award thanks to "Big Little Lies."

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Laura Dern is now an Emmy winner. Let’s just repeat that since it sounds so good: Laura Dern is now an Emmy winner. The actress won top honors in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her turn as Renata Klein on HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The victory marks a high point in a year that has seen Dern return to peak. Her role as Diane Evans in “Twin Peaks: The Return” earned acclaimed from fans, and she’ll next be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Dern’s win for “Big Little Lies” follows five previous Emmy nominations. She last earned a nomination in 2013 in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for “Enlightened.” Dern’s performance on “Big Little Lies” summarized what was so great about the series. What on paper could’ve been an over-the-top stereotype was instead a more vulnerable character in Dern’s hands. Renata was a ruthless socialite, but you always knew she was coming from a relatable place of maternal instinct.

“Big Little Lies” found the actress reuniting with co-star Reese Witherspoon and director Jean-Marc Vallee. All three worked on the film “Wild” together, which earned both Witherspoon and Dern Oscar nomaintions.

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