Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films

Break Up

Netflix original film Marriage Story dropped Friday December 6, 2019.

#MarriageStory got 6 golden globe nominations.

rottentomatoes: 95%

metacritic: 94

imdb: 8.5

golden globes: 1 win

SAG awards: 1 win

oscars: 6 nominations

Charlie Barber, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Adam DriverBroadway director Charlie Barber and his wife Nicole undergo a divorce litigation outside of West Hollywood, California.

Charlie Barber, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Adam DriverBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

1 nomination: 2020

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

1 nomination: 2020

Actor in a Leading Role

1 nomination: 2020

“What I love about Nicole… she makes people feel comfortable about even embarrassing things.  She really listens when someone is talking.  Sometimes she listens too much for too long.  She’s a good citizen.  I’m not calling.  She always knows the right thing to do when it comes to difficult family shit.  I get stuck in my ways, and she knows when to push me and when to leave me alone.  She cuts all our hair.  Yeah!  She’s always inexplicably brewing a cup of tea that she doesn’t drink.  And it’s not easy for her to put away a sock, or close a cabinet, or do a dish, but she tries for me.  Nicole grew up around actors and directors, and movies, and TV, and is very close to her mother, Sandra, and Cassie, her sister.  Hmm.  Nicole gives great presents.  Uh… she is a mother who plays, really plays.  She never steps off playing or says it’s too much.  And it must be too much some of the time.  She’s competitive.  She’s amazing at opening jars because of her strong arms, which I’ve always found very sexy.  She keeps the fridge over-full.  No one is ever hungry in our house.  She can drive a stick.  After that movie, All Over The Girl, she could have stayed in LA and been a movie star, but she gave that up to do theater with me in New York.  She’s brave.  She’s a great dancer.  Infectious.  She makes me wish I could dance.  She always says when she doesn’t know something, or hasn’t read a book, or seen a film or a play, whereas I fake it or say something like I haven’t seen it in awhile.  My crazy ideas are her favorite things to figure out how to execute.  Let’s try it… crawling… but also standing.  She’s my favorite actress.” — Charlie Barber

“Is your sweater on backwards?  Sorry.  Me too.  I wonder if it was the same four.  How are we doing over here? …I’ve got some carrots.  Goddamn it, Charlie, get it together?  Oh, come on!  What’s this?  Who owns Baltic Avenue?  How much is it?  I don’t have enough.  Okay, so I’m done?  I’m done, right?  That’s it?  This is so frustrating!  This is so frustrating.  I always lose.  It’s okay.  Shit.  This is our stop.  Perfect.  As soon as she comes with a lookout, they’re coming with a camcorder.  Is that what they’re called?  I made sure they used the right almond milk.  And where do you go when it’s windy?  Let’s stop right there.” — Charlie Barber

“I’ll read mine.  I like what I wrote.  She always says I can’t write, but I think mine’s pretty good.  We promised to listen.  Could you give me a second?  No, it’s okay.  I’ll pay for the whole time.  We decided to come home early.  If you don’t like that mediator, we’ll find another one.  W-we might not need a mediator.  We’ll just split everything anyway, I don’t care.  You can have most of it.  We’ll get apartments near each other, make it easier for Henry.  We’ll figure it out.  We want the same things.  In the meantime, the pilot will be fun for you.  I don’t ever watch TV, so, you know, I can’t tell.  I told Henry I’d come out to LA in two weeks to see him.  Nothing.  No, I don’t.  Yeah… I mean, yes, I do, but I guess… I guess it doesn’t matter now.  You won’t be with the show anymore.  It’s stupid.  Maybe not.  So, there are two things.  I thought your posture at the top of scene seven is still too dignified.  And then… at the end, I could tell you were pushing for the emotion.  That’s all I had.  Thanks for indulging me.” — Charlie Barber

“Hi.  Where’s Henry?  Hi, Henry!  Does this couch still open?  I got off the plane to a text, but don’t tell anyone yet.  It’s still a secret.  I won a MacArthur grant.  It’s yours too.  We did all of this together.  I’m starving.  It’s good money, and they parse it out over five years.  but it means I can keep everyone in the theater company employed, pay my credit card debt.  Of course, I went instantly to, ‘it’s all downhill from here.  Now my first Broadway play has to fail.’  We just started rehearsals again, and I don’t know.  Do I?  Because I don’t remember.  Okay, I hope you’re right.  Everyone says hi.  You’ll see them again when you come back.  Which bathroom?  Is he pooping?  Is your mom home?  Hey, how’s it going?  It’s me.  I just got here.  I brought you something.  Why?  Oh.  I love you.  I don’t think we should reward him for pooping anymore.  It’s its own reward.  G-ma!  You’re as light as a feather.  Why didn’t you respond to my last email?  Cassie?  I like your haircut.  I’ll go.  What’s going on, Henry?  He wants you.  What kind of pie is that?  Did you make it?  Oh, yeah.  It’s good, right?  Are you okay?  Uh, I’ll pour you some water.  Nicole says you’re doing a play?  So, you do an English accent?  Oh.  What does that sound like?  Right.  Good.  Oh, thank you, missus.  What is… what’s this?  It has my name on it.  I feel like I’m in a dream.  But I don’t want this.  I… I don’t know, I guess I didn’t think it through, but I thought we agreed we weren’t going to use lawyers.  Let’s wait until you finish this pilot and come back to New York.  Let’s figure it out there, at home, together.  We don’t need to do it with envelopes.  This is Nora?  Why do I feel like that won’t happen?  Why… why did Cassie have a pie?  Are you sure?  I don’t know.  It somehow makes it worse.  So, what… what do I do?” — Charlie Barber

“‘Well, I guess I better be going.  Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car… and started up the road that led toward the North.  The sun was just coming up over the hills on his right.  As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long… but the sky was bright.  And he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction.’  Yeah, wow, Stuart really overreacted, didn’t you think?  It’s okay.  Love you.  Okay.  Thanks, G-ma.  It’s okay.  I can imagine.  Stressful time.  I’m sure he didn’t.  Yeah.  Thanks.  Oh, well, I… hadn’t… I guess I’ll… oh, okay, I’ll check it out.  Thanks.  Yeah?  Thanks.” — Charlie Barber

“She’s supposedly very fair?  That’s more than I can–  but if we can all agree right away, it shouldn’t get too bad, right?  Yes… because her mom and sister are out here and I’m not close with my family.  Yes, because, again, her mom and sister are out here and I’m not– yeah, but we lived in New York.  Why?  Is there a problem?  Henry.  Well, we are.  Really?  No.  Yes, but as I said, we’re a New York family, that’s just a fact.  She’s… here temporarily.  I don’t… know, but Henry wants to go back to New York.  Exit Ghost.  It’s the name of my theater company.  Theater director, yeah.  I don’t know.  What have you seen?  Our production of Electra is moving to Broadway… which is exciting.  I mean, it’s theater, so it’s not a lot of money.  I basically put whatever money I make back in the theater.  From Nicole?  I’m not going to do that.  Uh, her mother has some from her TV career.  And her father died.  No.  I’m very close to her mom.  Nicole’s family has been my family– really?  I mean… really?  Not in any real way.  She was addicted to Tums for a while.  It wasn’t nothing.  She was up to a tube a day.  But I’m not.  I’m sure you’re right.  Maybe I’m not explaining this well.  We’re friendly, we’re fine.  We’re just trying to figure this out.  She’s not a bitch.  Thanks, but this isn’t… we’re doing it a different way.  And… I can’t even close to afford this.  I’ve got to get back to New York.  I have a Broadway play in rehearsals.” — Charlie Barber

“Okay, how is everyone today?  Nobody get too close.  I think I caught Donna’s cold.  I’m expecting a Skype call from Henry, so I might have to step out.  Thanks, Frank.  Yeah?  No, that’s my Halloween costume.  And the Frankenstein is for Henry.  He’s coming here this weekend.  We’re going to trick or treat in the Slope.  Perfect.  Yeah, over… where’d you find it?  Ha!  Mary Ann, it’s too hard now.  I just can’t be with anyone right now.  I’m not not married yet.  Just make sure everything doesn’t go to hell.  I’m relying on you, okay?  Thanks.  Uh, hold on.  Let me… hello?  Yes.  Hi.  No.  Okay.  Yeah, I’ve been rehearsing this play and flying back and forth to LA.  Nicole said there was no rush.  I didn’t like the first lawyer I met.  Yeah, but I thought that’s just what it says.  We weren’t even going to do it with lawyers.  Nicole said I could take my time.  Could you hold on a second?  What love scene?  You don’t hug Beth.  Can’t you just tuck it in tighter or get Donna to safety pin it?  Yes, sorry.  Default judgment, what does that mean?  Don’t hug Beth.  W-what do you mean, whatever you want of what?  We… she and I already discussed this.  We don’t own that much stuff.  She can have pretty much whatever she wants.  Full custody?  I mean, that’s not even– Nicole’s not going to do that.  I mean, she won’t.  I just spoke to her this morning.  Okay, so what do I do?  I’ll get a lawyer.  Can I get a lawyer here?  New York.  I’m rehearsing a–” — Charlie Barber

“What are you wearing?  It did.  What are sock pants?  There are long pants.  Can I talk to you?  There was traffic.  We’ve got to get going.  Henry, can you wait a minute?  Just one bit of talking alone, then I’ll be right there.  I got a call from your lawyer.  She said you’d take everything and… custody and everything if I didn’t respond.  Yeah, but she’s saying things I don’t think you mean.  Henry, we need to get going.  That’s what I’m here to do.  Come on, Henry.  I’m in a rush.  Why did you start a treasure hunt or whatever so close to my arrival?  He’s not going to the dentist.  Come on.  Henry?  I have a booster.  What’s not in?  I asked the rental company to install it.  Let me just… if you… there should be a clip to clip onto.  Ow!  Fuck!  Something sharp.  Mom.  It’s my time with you.  I just flew 3,000 miles.  Henry, get in the fucking car!  I’m sorry, but Jesus, get in the fucking car.  That’s two words.  What does Lego start with?  Don’t you want to learn?  L… E… you know, everyone at the theater says hi.  A ‘g-g-g’ sound.  Are you excited for Halloween?  G.  And an ‘O’ sound.  Are you excited for Halloween?  I brought both our costumes.  But we agreed.  I had Donna make you a Frankenstein.  Are you sure?  Maybe just look at it.  It’s awesome.  We’ll be Frankenstein and the Invisible Man.  Technically, the Frankenstein cost more when you factor in Donna’s time and the materials.  But Henry, we went through all this trouble.  Okay.  Whatever you want.  I know.” — Charlie Barber

“So, I’m not comfortable leaving the bags in the car where I’ve given the key to someone I don’t really know.  It’s an office building, so you’ve been to places like this before.  A lot of fish look the same.  I’m Charlie Barber.  I have a 1:30 with Dan Cohen.  B-but she hired somebody else.  Uh… Nora– oh.  Really?  Oh.  Oh, I don’t think she would’ve done it deliberately.  Did you go to a lot of offices with your mom?  I need somebody today.  If I don’t respond by tomorrow, she said I could lose custody.  I don’t know who else to call.  There’s got to be someone she didn’t meet.  Great.  Thank you, G-ma.  You got it.  I love you.  Why?  That’s fine.  I’ll give you mine.  Get in the car.  Because I’ve been away and want to see you.  Yeah.  Uh-huh.” — Charlie Barber

“You’ve been divorced four times?  Right.  I mean, I agree with that philosophy.  She does too, I’m sure.  Oh, okay, good.  Yes.  I’m glad to hear you say that.  Um… I’d love to keep expenses down as much as possible.  I’ll see if I can get an advance on the Broadway transfer.  Oh.  I didn’t… what?  It seems ridiculous.  Yeah, temporarily.  We agreed.  Her pilot went to series and I wanted to accommodate her, as she’s often felt we do things on my terms.  I guess something like that, but we live in New York.  Will we go to court?  I’m in a hotel right now.  To who?  You just said we weren’t going to go to court.  Okay.  She’s in West Hollywood.  That’ll be expensive.  I-I guess I could rent our New York apartment.  So… what do I do?  This shouldn’t be that complicated, right?  I mean, we’re a New York family.  I think it’s all pretty straightforward.  Right?  Right.  What have you been doing?  You were reading California Lawyer?  Okay, I’m almost done.  Thank you.  You’re the first person in this process who’s spoken to me like a human.” — Charlie Barber

Nicole Barber

Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

1 nomination: 2020

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

1 nomination: 2020

Actress in a Leading Role

1 nomination: 2020

“Yes, I do.  You know what?  I… it’s funny, I actually signed up for this but I never heard from you guys.  Okay, if you email me here– good luck.  Just call him.  Call him.  Note the wrapping.  Lizard? ‘…chopped down a Christmas tree…’ all right.  Nice.  Two, three, four… what?  Are you kidding me?  I was just in jail?  Goddamn it!  Do not laugh at me!  Stop it!  How could you?  You might as well get what you paid for.” — Nicole Barber

“What I love about Charlie… Charlie is undaunted.  He never lets other people’s opinions or any setbacks keep him from what he wants to do.  Charlie eats like he’s trying to get it over with and like there won’t be enough food for everyone.  A sandwich is to be strangled while devoured.  But he’s incredibly neat, and I rely on him to keep things in order.  He’s energy-conscious.  Hey.  He doesn’t look in the mirror too often.  He cries easily in movies.  He’s very self-sufficient.  He can darn a sock, and cook himself dinner, and iron a shirt.  He rarely gets defeated, which… I feel like I always do.  Charlie takes all of my moods steadily.  He doesn’t give in to the, or make me feel bad about them.  He’s a great dresser.  He never looks embarrassing, which hard for a man.  He’s very competitive.  He loves being a dad.  He loves all the things you’re supposed to hate, like the tantrums, the waking up at night.  It’s almost annoying how much he likes it, but… then, it’s mostly nice.  He disappears into his own world.  He and Henry are alike in that way.  He can tell people when they have food in their teeth or on their face in a way that doesn’t make them feel bad.  Charlie is self-made.  His parents… I only met them once, but… he told me there was a lot of alcohol and some violence in his childhood.  He moved to New York from Indiana with no safety net, and now he’s more New Yorker than any New Yorker.  He’s brilliant at creating family out of whoever is around.  With the theater company, he cast a spell that made everyone feel included.  No one, not even an intern, was unimportant.  He could remember all the inside jokes.  He’s extremely organized and thorough.  He’s very clear about what he wants, unlike me, who can’t always tell.” — Nicole Barber

“I-I’m not going to read this out loud.  Because I don’t like what I wrote.  I’m not going to.  I don’t want to hear Charlie’s.  Well, I think I’m going to go if you two are going to just sit around and suck each other’s dicks.”

“How can this evil allow moderation?  How can it be right to betray the departed?  How is it human to be so… faithless?  I want no praise from impious men.  No home with them of quiet ease.  Noble blood still runs in my veins.  Shall I fail my father… stifling my cries, clipping the wings of grief?  Must his corpse in the ground wretchedly waste away, feebly count for nothing?  Must his killers gloat… must his killers gloat, never to pay with blood, for blood…” — Nicole Barber

“Hey.  How’s he doing?  Yeah.  Me neither.  Right.  You don’t think it’s bad, do you?  Uh-huh.  Yes?  I can tell you want to give me a note.  You won’t be sleep until you tell me.  Okay, then.  Okay.  Well, you know I can’t cry on stage, and I know you don’t like it when I fake it, but… I thought maybe tonight it would come, but… it didn’t.  Good night, Charlie.” — Nicole Barber

“Mom.  What do you want to do today?  Me too.  Hm?  Mm.  No, it’s just for right now while we go through this transition.  Don’t tell Charlie when he gets here.  He hates co-sleeping.  Oh, surprise surprise.  Jesus, it’s early.  I can do this part alone.  I can’t just go from what Charlie wanted to do to what you want to do.  About what?  Didn’t you walk in on dad blowing the porter in Palm Springs?  Charlie and I are getting a divorce, mom.  There’s nothing for us in Palm Springs.  No, we’ll all go together, sweetheart.  On the plane, I re-read the pilot as if I were Charlie reading it, and I started to think it was just bad.  Mmm.  This coffee is good.  Thank you.  What if Charlie is on Broadway with a play I brought him, which I originated, and I’m just doing bad TV?” — Nicole Barber

“Can I say something?  Where?  Like here?  I have to support his head.  I can’t hold a baby like this.  You should’ve seen me before the plants invaded.  I say that with respect.  I was raised by two mothers.  Can I say something?  She has to know how to hold a baby.  Later on, after she kills Donny… …she becomes a sort of a Earth mother to the plant community.  That’s not going to make any sense if we feel like she’s a bad mother to her own kid.  Well, I’m from out here.  I’m excited to be here.  All Over The Girl.  Yeah.  Is it?  Accurate?  Or I could direct.  Sorry, what?  Maybe that sounds crazy.  No, because I’ve– I’ve– never done it.  I watched my husband do it for years.  Almost ex-husband.  Oh, what’s the opposite of fiancé?  At our theater I always wanted to direct, and then Charlie would say something like, ‘the next one,’ but he was always the director, so there never was a next one.  I don’t know.  Maybe if we’d stayed married, there would’ve been.  Okay.  Is it a therapist?  Because I have a therapist.  Well, it’s my mom’s therapist.  We share her.  Oh.  You and Dennis are divorced?  You still work together.  That’s nice.  Oh.  Well, we talked about doing it without lawyers.  My sister had me meet a bunch of them already, and I… just… hated them.” — Nicole Barber

“Thank you.  You saw the theater stuff?  Great.  Thank you.  Well, Charlie directed it.  He is.  They’re moving it to Broadway.  Well, without me, of course.  Sorry.  I understand.  You do?  Oh, good.  Yeah.  Well… I’m here now, obviously.  I don’t know if the show will get picked up, but… it feels like home.  It is home.  It’s the only home I’ve ever known without Charlie.  Charlie’s not going to want that.  He… he hates LA.  He always said we would, but he never… did.  Henry’s eight.  Yeah.  He likes LA.  I don’t know if it’s fair to him.  Yeah.  I do.  Oh.  I don’t know.  Oh, I don’t any money or anything.  I just worry because we weren’t going to use lawyers, so… I don’t want to be too aggressive.  I want to stay friends.  Oh.  It’s difficult to articulate.  It’s… not as simple as not being in love anymore.  Well, uh… I was engaged to Ben and living in LA, you know?  And it felt like yes, I want to make movies and marry Ben.  Jesus, I was only 19 or 20 at the time.  I never felt older in my whole life.  Anyway, if I was honest with myself, it was like a small part of me felt dead… or dead-ish.  You know, you tell yourself, ‘no one’s perfect, no relationship’s perfect.’  Oh, this tea’s delicious.  Mm.  Anyway, you were asking about Charlie.  So, um… so, yes.  So, I was… I was… happy with Ben and aware of the deadness, and I went to New York to meet with this director for this space movie.  But one where they take space seriously, like… sex trafficking in space.  You know, it was political.  Or at least they wanted us to think it was.  Anyway, it just… it was really fulfilling the same need that certain fucked up porn does.  Um, but anyway, so… while I was there… the producer… invited me to see a play.  It took place in someone’s apartment with all the lights on.  It was like nothing I’d ever seen before.  This strange… surreal, dystopian story, and it was so well-acted.  And one of the actors was this big shaggy bear who played all his kines looking directly at me, uh, which I knew couldn’t be the case, but it felt like it.  And then later, of course, I learned that it was.  Mmm.  These cookies are really great too.  Afterwards, I was introduced to the cast, and the bear turned out to also be the director.  He talked to me and… I talked back.  The dead part wasn’t dead, it was just in a coma.  And… it was better than the sex, the talking.  Although the… the sex was also like the talking.  You know, everything is like everything in a relationship.  Don’t you find that?  And, um… so, we spent… the whole night and the next day together and… I just never left.  Yes, to be honest, all the problems were there in the beginning too.  But… I just along with him and his life because it felt so damn good to feel myself alive.  In the beginning, I was the actress, the star, and… that felt like something, you know.  People came to see me at first, but… the farther away I got from that and… the more acclaim the theater company got, and I had less and less weight.  I just became… ‘who?’  ‘Well, you know, the actress that was in that thing that time.’  And he was the draw.  And… that… would’ve been fine, but… I got smaller.  I realized I… I didn’t ever really come alive for myself.  I was just feeding his aliveness.  And… you know… he was so smart and creative, it… it was fine.  You know, I would tell him things at home in private, and they would work their way into public conversation into his work, and… for a while, that felt like like enough.  I mean, I was just so… so… so flattered that someone like him would… would find an idea I had worth trying or a comment I made worth repeating and… and then, I got pregnant.  And I thought having a baby could be ours, could really be ours, but also really mine.  And… you know, he was so excited.  So, it was nice.  For a while.  I mean, kids, they… they belong to themselves.  It’s like… the instant they leave your body, it’s just… the process of them going away… and I didn’t belong to myself.  And it was small stuff, stupid stuff, and big stuff.  All the furniture in our house was his taste.  I didn’t even know what my taste was anymore because I had never been asked to use it.  I didn’t even pick our apartment.  I just moved into his.  And I made noises about wanting to move back to LA, but… they came to nothing.  And we’d come here on holidays because he liked my family.  But if I suggested we do a year or something, he’d just put me off.  It would be… strange if he turned to me and said, ‘and what do you want to do today?’  You know, I just watched that documentary on George Harrison, and I thought, ‘own it.  Just own it.  Be like George Harrison’s wife.  Being a wife and a mother, that’s enough.’  Yeah, then I realized I couldn’t remember her name, so… this pilot came along.  It shot in LA and it paid so much… and it was like there was this little lifeline thrown to me.  Here’s this bit of earth that’s yours, and… I was embarrassed about it in front of him, but it was also like… yeah, this is who I am, and this is what I’m worth.  And maybe it’s stupid, but at least it’s mine.  And if he had just taken me into a big hug and said, ‘baby, I’m so excited for your adventure.  Of course I want you to have a piece of earth that’s yours.’  Then… well, then, we might not be getting divorced.  But… he made fun of it and… was jealous like he is, and… then he realized about the money.  And he told me I could funnel it back into the theater company.  And that’s when I realized… he… truly didn’t see me.  He didn’t see me as something separate from himself.  And I asked him to say my phone number.  He didn’t know it.  So, I left.  Also, I think he slept with the stage manager, Mary Ann.” — Nicole Barber

“So Cassie, when Charlie gets here, you’re going to hand him the envelope.  That’s not what this is.  No, mom, legally, I can’t be the one who serves him.  Yes, but I’m going to tell him in advance that they’re divorce papers.  Nora says it doesn’t have to be so formal.  Where’s Henry?  Let’s get them upstairs.  Charlie’s going to be here soon.  So, I’ll tell Charlie what’s happening, and, Cassie, you then hand him the envelope.  What do you mean?  Like take it back?  I think so.  I’m not going to change my mind.  Now you’re both just making me feel bad, okay?  You have to stop loving him, mom.  You can’t be friends with him anymore.  Listen, nothing can be independent of our marriage right now.  I can’t believe I even have to explain this to you.  Just be on my side, okay?  Cassie, you’re the server.  It’s not an audition.  Did you really just say that?  We don’t need a practice.  This is not a performance.  Did we finish the other wine already?  Okay, let me get him.  You both go in the other room.  Cassie, you make sure that Henry goes upstairs with Molly and Jules.  Mom!  What?  Can we transfer him to the one upstairs?  Just grab him when he comes out.  What?  I’m… I’m putting the envelope over here by the toaster.” — Nicole Barber

“Hi.  Uh, he’s pooping.  Yeah.  Okay.  Charlie!  Oh, my God, that’s great!  Congratulations.  I’ll say it because you can’t, it’s the genius grant.  You’re a genius.  Oh, I’m really happy for you.  You deserve it.  Thank you, but… it’s yours, Charlie, you enjoy it.  So great.  No.  You always don’t know at this point, and then, it gets there.  I know, it’s true, it’ll be great.  Oh.  Tell them hi.  I miss everyone.  A MacArthur, Broadway… it’s so exciting.  Congratulations, Charlie.  What?  Oh, uh, downstairs.  Yeah, she’s upstairs.  Oh, I know, but he holds it in and it’s going on a week.  Mom?  Mom, can you– mom?  Mom?  Mom?  Upstairs.  I hear him.”

“What did you do?  I was going to warn you so it didn’t become a thing, sorry.  We don’t have a marriage anymore.  I-I know you don’t want the disruption, but you don’t want to be married.  Not… really.  What did you expect was going to happen?  I want… I don’t know, I’m trying to say this as undramatically as possible.  I want… an entirely different kind of life.  Nora’s known for being very fair.  Yeah.  She’s great.  I feel like we could be friends with her.  It’s just a formality.  You don’t have to respond right away.  The pie was hers.  The pie wasn’t part of it.  I mean, what would the pie have to do with anything?  I’m sorry, but the pie was just a pie.  You get a lawyer too.” — Nicole Barber

“I forgot it ended that way.  Hey, daddy just got here.  Yeah.  He’s in a mommy phase right now.  Whoo!  I’m sorry.  I drank too much wine.  And didn’t eat dinner.  I hope Henry didn’t notice.  Now that I’m a parent, I realize my parents were probably drunk all the time with me.  I’m sorry again.  Where are you staying?  There’s a new hotel on Highland that’s… supposedly not too expensive and… and pretty nice.  Again, that’s great about the MacArthur.  Charlie?  But Nicole’s not going to lie.” — Nicole Barber

“I thought the plane landed at nine.  He doesn’t like to feel the breeze on his legs.  He dressed himself.  It’s almost noon.  It’s better if we just let the lawyers do this.  Have you gotten a lawyer yet?  You were late.  We were killing time.  Honey, come.  We’re going to finish the treasure hunt later.  Okay.  You’re going to go with your daddy, it’s going to be fun.  And I’ve got a present for you when you get back as a reward.  I’m trying to help.  Got the booster?  Oh, wait, no, it’s not in.  The seat’s not connected.  Yeah, I think they can’t for liability reasons.  Do you know how these things– …dig…” — Nicole Barber

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

1 win: 2020

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

1 win: 2020

Actress in a Supporting Role

1 nomination: 2020

“Sorry, I… look so shleppy.  I had an event at my kid’s school.  Let me get this out of the way.  I think you’re a wonderful actress.  I loved All Over The Girl, but the theater stuff too… I was in New York last year for my book, which, remind me to give you a copy, and my publisher took me.  You are awesome.  I know.  He’s very talented.  Hmm.  He was lucky to have you.  How are you doing?  Oh.  Honey… you take some breaths.  And while you do, I’m going to tell you about myself.  If you should choose to hire me, I will work tirelessly for you, and I’m always available by phone or text, except when I’m with my kids.  I insist on doing drop off and pick up every day at school.  I’ve been through this myself.  Thank you Annie.  So… I know how it feels.  Yes.  I have a kid from my ex, who is a narcissistic artist… and verbally abusive.  I’m now with a great boyfriend who lives in Malibu.  No, of course not.  But they ravish you with attention in the beginning… and then once we have babies, we become the mom and… they get sick of us.  Where do you want to live now, doll?  You want to stay here?  We’re interested in what you want to do.  Sounds to me like you did your time in New York.  He can do some time here, no?  How old is your son?  Mmm.  I want you to listen to me.  What you’re doing is an act of hope.  Do you understand that?  You’re saying ‘I want something better for myself.’  And this, right now, is the worst time.  Wasn’t it Tom Petty who said ‘the waiting is the hardest part?’  I represented his wife in their divorce.  I got her half of that song.  Hmm.  We’ll do it as gently as possible.  Now… can you tell me a little more about what’s going on?  Because part of what we’re going to do together is tell your story.  I understand.  Why don’t you start at the beginning?  Wherever that is for you.  Isn’t it?  It’s the Manuka honey.  I’ll send you home with some.  Oh.  That fucking asshole.” — Nora Fanshaw

“Is this Charlie Barber?  Hi, this is Nora Fanshaw.  I represent your wife, Nicole Barber.  Do you have an attorney yet?  Okay, then it’s okay for me to talk to you directly, okay?  I’m calling because we haven’t received your response to our filing.  You’re going to need to file your response.  It’s been more than 30 days since you were served.  By law, you’re meant to respond within 30 days.  It says that very clearly on the document you were given.  Did you read it?  And we’ve let you take your time.  Charlie?  If you don’t file your response, we’re going to file a request for default judgment against you.  Charlie?  We’ll be able to lay claim to whatever we want.  Your apartment, your things, everyone you own.  And it means we’ll set the number for child support at its highest level and claim full custody of your child.  This is what the law says.  No, Charlie, I represent Nicole, and she’s aware of everything I’m saying to you.  Well, I spoke to her five minutes before I got on the call.  You need to get a lawyer and respond immediately.  Nicole wants to do this amicably, but you’re leaving us no other option.  I don’t know where ‘here’ is.  Ah!  That’s what all that honking is?  no, you’ll have to come to La and meet people in LA.  If you don’t respond in Los Angeles by Friday, you’ll leave us no choice.  Wh– which line?  I have to take this.  Can you hold on a second, Charlie?” — Nora Fanshaw

Sandra, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Julie HagertySandra

“♪ This is the day ♪ This is the day that the Lord has made ♪ That the lord has made ♪ Let us rejoice ♪ Let us rejoice and be glad in it ♪ This is the day ♪ This is the day… ♪.  No relaxing.  Nicole has a hair and makeup test today, and Henry, we got you into Fairy Camp with the cousins.  Cassie says everyone likes Fairy Camp, and I think this is true.  Henry, go make your mom some coffee like I taught you.  Oop-a-doodle.  Do you always sleep together?  Even in New York?  Oh, shit.  Well, I have to say, I agree with Charlie.  It’s as if you have exploded… …into this room.  Fine.  I won’t look.  As long as you’re in my house, wake up is at 6:30 a.m., and until you know what you want to do, we’re going to do what I like to do.  Even though I’m 64 and have a dead gay husband, I manage to get up every day, live my life and feel pretty good about myself.  So, maybe your mom knows a thing or two.  You know what I would do?  When Charlie gets here, I’d whisk him off to Palm Springs.  That’s where your father and I did whenever we hit a speed bump.  And I always regretted getting so upset about it.  You need to wash your face before you go to sleep.  When daddy gets here maybe we could all go on the Jaws ride.  Did you know that Universal Studios is where I did my first screen test?  My agent says it’s one to watch.  Everyone is only impressed when they see someone on TV.” — Nora Fanshaw

“Because Nicole is very good at getting people to do things for her.  I whiped her butt until she was nine years old.  She’s very seductive that way.  But still, what I’m saying is true.  Well, can you un-serve?  Yeah.  In case we change our minds… … or we feel too bad for him.  Well, we all are.  And we love Charlie.  Charlie and I have our own relationship… …independent of your marriage.  Just like I’m still friends with Cassie’s ex, Jeff.  An occasional lunch.  He still wants his camera back, by the way.  Okay.  That’s because you wanted it too badly.  I’ll play Charlie.  Sweetie, you’re blotting the envelope.  Maybe Nicole should play you.  Yeah.  Oh.  Okay.  I’m getting my wine.” — Nora Fanshaw

“Charlie-bird!  Oh!  No!  Stop it!  Oh, God, I’m huge!  Well, your emails are so articulate.  I get intimidated.  Now, I’m going to lift you!  What?  Oh.  I’m going to write you back now.  Henry’s calling you, Nicole!  Henry’s calling you, Nicole!  Oh.  Hang in there, Charlie-bird.” — Nora Fanshaw

“I have a name for you.  Bert Spitz.  He was the entertainment lawyer at Roberto’s agency.  But then he kind of got pushed into retirement a few years ago, and he went into family law.  I called him.  He can see you today at three.  We never had this conversation, Charlie-bird.  Aw.” — Nora Fanshaw

Cassie, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Merritt WeverCassie

“Why do I have to do it?  Do I have to actually hand him the envelope?  He’s playing in the living room with Sam, and Jules, and Molly.  Sam, go upstairs.  Okay… I just get nervous.  You should check.  Maybe in case I do something wrong.  Sorry, sorry, I’m nervous!  Are you still seeing Jeff?  I can’t believe you!  And… stop seeing Jeff!  Just let me practice a few times.  I was never a good auditioner.  It’s just that my palms are so perspired.  Yeah.  Oh!  Happening now.  Henry’s pooping in the bathroom downstairs.  I think it’s mid-poop.  What?  Copy you.” — Cassie

“Hey, Charlie.  Oh, thanks.  It’s… pecan.  I don’t know.  No, it’s store bought.  You know Joan’s on Third?  What?  The store?  Yeah.  Jules and Molly love it.  Yes.  I’m just hot!  I-I think you’d like it.  It’s a great undproduced play by this really interesting British writer.  Yeah.  It’s more northern England.  Ooh, do you want a cup of tea, do ya?  Oh, it’s a manila envelope, love.  Ooh, can I start over?  Ooh.  Oh.  Jesus.  Sorry.  You’re served.  Nothing.  I don’t know.  I can’t lie.  You’re being served.  You guys are getting a div… I don’t know, I’m sorry.” — Cassie

Henry Barber, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Azhy RobertsonHenry Barber

“Yeah.  Mom.  And he liked me, so… so… I cried four times.  The peppers are cut.  Me.  $450.  Dad.  I had a bad dream.  Dad, stay.  What’s ‘shit?'” — Henry Barber

“G-ma, summer is for relaxing.  Hang out and relax with you.  I hate Fairy Camp.  Mom, wait till you taste my coffee.  Or I could go once with daddy and once with you, because I wouldn’t mind going twice anyway.  You’re welcome.” — Henry Barber

“Seventy-five… just 70, those two zeros, seventy-five point zero zero… that’s zero cents.  ‘Advance to Illios… Illinois Avenue.’  So where is Illinois Avenue?” — Henry Barber

“Nothing yet.  I know.  Hi.  Yay.  Mom’s getting me a present too.  For pooping.  I love you.  Mom?  Can you ask mom to come?” — Henry Barber

“He was upset about his boat.  Dad, you go away.  Mom, you stay.  You can come back, and wake me up, and read to me later, daddy, okay?  Will you come sleep in my bed later?” — Henry Barber

“Me and mommy are in the middle of a super secret treasure hunt.  Sock pants.  Why don’t we ever do a treasure hunt?  No talking alone.  I don’t want to go now.  I have three more clues.  Cool.  I’m going to be rich.  I’m staying here.  Why ‘fuck?’  Can I stay with mom?  Why not?  I don’t want to.  How do you spell Lego Bionicles?  Just tell me.  No.  It’s on the box, anyway.  Then what?  Hi.  Then what?  J?  Then what?  O?  Yeah.  I’m going as a store-bought ninja.  I don’t want to be a Frankenstein anymore.  Mom bought me a ninja costume, which is better because it costs more.  The cousins are also going to be ninjas.  Dad, you’re too far.  I’ve been here.  I remember those fish.  I don’t have it this time.  I keep my skeletons at my mom’s.  Yeah.  Can all of them, like, breathe out of the water?  Not so many.  Like 11.  I don’t think anyone would have stealed the bags, daddy.  Aw, shit.  Dad!  I need a new burger.  Because you made us carry your bags into the restaurant, I dropped it.  Why did you bring me today if you couldn’t hang out with me?  Jamie Tuber has a little sister named, um, Lily Tuber.  And Lily Tuber is really bossy.  Reading this magazine.  Yeah.  I don’t know…” — Henry Barber

Jay Marotta, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Ray LiottaJay Marotta

“Fuck.  She’s being represented by Nora.  All right, here’s the fact, Jack.  I charge $950 an hour.  Ted is 400.  If you have a stupid question, call Ted.  To start, we’ll need a $25,000 retainer.  Which runs anywhere from ten to twenty thousand dollars.  You were married here in LA?  Your son was born out here?  So, you got married here, your kid was born here… and she served you here?  If you’re serious about having your child in New York, this is what I suggest.  You take your kid… d-did you say his name was Fred?  Henry?  Why did I say Fred?  You take Henry to New York with you right now.  Then we file an action in New York.  We make this a New York case.  We need to make an argument that you’re a New York-based family.  Otherwise, you’ll probably never see your kid outside of LA again.  It’s very hard to convince the courts to move a kid.  As soon as you let your wife and child leave your New York, you made life very difficult for yourself.  Then why do you think she served you out here?  Don’t quote your kid.  He’s just telling you what you want to hear.  And trust me, he’s telling her the opposite.  Let me have Barber file.  Move my lunch to 1:30.  What’s… ‘Exit Goat?’  You’re a director?  Anything I’ve seen?  We have to make sure that money is protected.  I wonder, do we ask for support?  Does your wife’s family have money?  Well, we could say that we don’t want her mother to see the kid, draw her into the case.  Yeah, but that’s going to change.  And I suggest you get used to it.  We need to hire a private investigator.  Does your wife do drugs or anything?  Well, we’re not going to win if she’s the perfect mother.  Have you noticed anyone following you?  Well, keep an eye out.  Look, you need to be prepared for the fact that Nora is going to portray you as a neglectful, absent father.  You live in New York.  You’re consumed with your work.  She and your kid are out here, struggling.  Nora’s going to use that strategy.  I’m sure of it.  Listen, if we start from a place of reasonable, and they start from a place of crazy, when we settle, we’ll be somewhere between reasonable and crazy.  Half of crazy is crazy.  Before this is all over, you’re going to hate me and Ted, just because of what we represent in your life.  So tell me the story again.  You came out here to see your kid.  She serves you.  What a bitch.” — Jay Marotta

Bert Spitz, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Alan AldaBert Spitz

“Getting divorced with a kid can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do.  It’s like a death without a body.  I know personally.  I’ve been there four different times.  Married four times.  Three divorces.  This last one will stick, God willing.  That’s why I graduated into family law, to help people survive this painful time.  Here’s how I see it.  If we get bogged down in ‘who did this,’ and ‘who did that,’ and ‘I don’t want to pay the two dollars,’ it’ll just cost you more money and time and… emotional stress, and you’ll probably end up with the same result anyway.  And I always go with the truth, no matter where that takes us.  You know, most people in my business make up the truth so they can get where they need to go.  You’re just transactions to them.  I-I like to think of you as people.  And not just you, her too.  You know, this can be a really ugly process.  But I also believe it doesn’t have to be terrible.  Of course you do.  I charge 450 an hour and I need a $10,000 retainer to start.  And keep in mind, you’ll have to pay for her lawyer.  Well, at least part of her.  It doesn’t make sense, does it?  I mean, you’re doing this because you love your kid.  And in doing so, you’re draining money from your kid’s education.  Oh, it is.  We’ll have to respond right away.  Your son goes to school out here?  Be a better husband in divorce.  Well, with your kid going to school out here, the court may see it differently.  No, no, we don’t want to go to court.  The courts in California are a disaster.  No, that’s just how we have to think about it.  I’m not sure these are my glasses.  Where are you living while you’re here?  No, a hotel doesn’t look good.  The court.  No, of course, of course.  We have to prepare to go to court, hoping we don’t go to court.  You should get a place in LA.  And get a place near her.  It looks better for custody reasons.  Don’t rent it.  You have to continue to prove New York residence.  And of course, if you have a place in LA, it’s hard to show you all live in New York, isn’t it?  I recommend you spend as much time as you can with your son.  Many people fight for that time, then they don’t even use it.  They just want to win.  I hope so, yes.  I see no reason… you both love your child.  You respect each other.  Why this shouldn’t be relatively pain-free.  I think you have my glasses.  I wouldn’t expect too much from that cat.  I want you to know that eventually this will all be over, and whatever we win or lose… it’ll be the two of you having to figure this out together.  You remind me of myself on myself on my second marriage.” — Bert Spitz

Ted, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Kyle BornheimerTed

“What?  And all your financials.  We need to do a forensic accounting.  We’ll have to reshape the narrative.  I have a kid named Fred.  Interesting.  In that instance, her mother could pay your legal fees.  Which is still crazy.  You know what people say, ‘criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst.'” — Ted

Mediator, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Robert SmigelMediator

“Who wants to start?  Why is that?  As we mediate your separation and eventual divorce, things can get quite contentious.  So, I like to begin with a note of positivity, for the people I work with to remember why the got married in the first place.  And so that, as you come apart, you’re reminded that… this is a person you had great feeling for… and maybe still do in many ways.  For it to really work, you both have to read.  Okay, um… I just think it’s a shame that you guys aren’t going to get to hear, uh, the wonderful things you wrote about each other.  Nicole, maybe you’d change your mind once you heard Charlie’s.  That’s right.  That’s the very first step in this process.” — Mediator

Receptionist, Marriage Story, Netflix, Heyday Films, Pilar HollandReceptionist

“Can I help you?  Oh, hi.  Where’s your little man?  Okay.  Oh, okay.  I’m sorry.  We tried to reach you.  Mr. Cohen wanted me to apologize.  He can’t see you because apparently your wife already met with him on the 7th of August about representation.  Fanshaw? But unfortunately, because she consulted with Mr. Cohen already, he’s legally barred from representing you.  Should we feed the fish?  It happens all the time.  If you have a ticket, I can validate your parking.  You know, it’s common that people meet with as many lawyers as possible so that their spouse has limited options.  You’d be surprised.” — Receptionist


“You don’t think Charlie and Nicole will ever get back together?  It still feels weird.” — Beth

“I just so appreciate that Charlie gave me this opportunity.  Or maybe I should thank Nicole.  Not Charlie.” — Beth

Theater Actor 1

“I heard Nicole’s pilot went to series, so she’s moving to LA.” — Theater Actor 1

Theater Actor 2

“And they put Henry in school out there.” — Theater Actor 2

Theater Actor 8

“It’s always been ‘Charlie and Nicole.'”

“Well, is Charlie moving too?  He won’t abandon us.  And you can’t do theater in LA.  Well, LA is nice.  The space.”

Theater Actor 3

“Charlie said she and Henry are coming back to New York when she finishes filming her show.” — Theater Actor 3

Theater Actor 4

“Genius.” — Theater Actor 4

“No, I think this time it’s really over.” — Theater Actor 4

“I wouldn’t be so sure.  Nicole was never going to stay in New York, that was obvious.  She was probably planning this move all along.  When she sees an opportunity believe me, she takes it.” — Theater Actor 4

Theater Actor 5

“Sorry, Charlie.  You might need help wrapping gauze.  It needs to stay tight.  I made it more James Whale than Kenneth Branagh.” –Theater Actor 5

Theater Actor 6

“You can actually have space in LA.  There’s no space in here.” — Theater Actor 6

“Okay, I’m– I’m confused.  What… scene is from the Invisible Man outfit for?” — Theater Actor 6

Mary Ann

“I’m going to go over there now.” — Mary Ann

“Can I talk to you?  I’ve typed up the blocking from the last two rehearsals, and here are the director notes from that Danish production from the ’70s.  The library, duh.  Can I come over tonight.  But we did it when you were married and we shouldn’t have done it.  And now that you’re not married, shouldn’t we be doing it?  You’re torturing yourself.  Fine.  I wish you’d accept generosity better.” — Mary Ann


“‘If railroad is unowned… …you may buy it from the bank.’  That one.” — Molly


“‘Advance…’ what does that mean?” — Jules

Donna’s husband

“Illinois.  It means you’ve got to go to Illinois Avenue.” — Donna’s husband


“She’s beautiful.  We’re lucky to have her.  We can thank her divorce.  Dennis, hold on.  What, honey?We are just so excited to have you.  Into The Girl was on TV… …or streaming or something.  You are fucking hot in that movie.  Fuck it, I speak my mind.  Because you show your tits.  Listen, everything you were saying back there was absolutely right.  If she’s a bad mom, we lose the audience.  I… I thought– let us know if you’d be part of our writer’s room.  I bet you’d be really helpful, actually.  No, yeah.  No, do you have a reel?  Dennis and I will talk to your agent about it.  I’m going to give you a number.  She’s a lawyer.  She represented me when I left Dennis.  Since 2013.  Oh, no, he’s a fucking cocksucker.  Nora got me half of this project in the settlement.  Call Nora.  She saved my life.” — Carol

Jay’s Secretary

“It’s right here.” — Jay’s Secretary


“I can do anything you want.  I just need her here two hours– she’s right.  What signifies early aughts?  She kills Donny?  Does Donny know?  Nobody knows we’re killing Donny, including Donny.” — Makeup


“Her wig looks great.  Doing weird theater in New York, downtown shit.  I saw one.  It rained onstage.  It was good.  Edgy.  Directed by her husband, supposedly very controlling.  Can… you move your hand further down the baby?  She’s right, that’s going to look weird.  It was very important to me to have this show based on hard science.  Why is there always a flirty grip?  Must be nice to get out of New York.  Our daughter, Mia, is at NYU, living in a shoebox.  She says it went up to 104 the other day.  We’re going for an early aughts aesthetic, so having your presence just nails that.  Carol.  We’re not allowing our son to see it.  Carol!  This is Carter Mitchum.  He’s a futurist at UCLA.  He’s consulting on all the environmental stuff for the show so it’s accurate.  This pilot will go.  So get ready to move back to LA.  Yeah, no.  We’re going to kill him off.  It seems unlikely…” — Dennis


“Off the head entirely?  No, no, support the head, of course.  Just try and do it from the… shoulders.  That’s a secret.  We didn’t give the crew those pages.” — Director

Man 1

“Where’s she been the past ten years?  I’m surprised she said yes.  It’s perfect.” — Man 1

Man 2

“Can she move her hand?  It’s going to be hard to roto in the hair on the baby around her fingers.  Yes, good.  Can you lower the board please, Pablo?” — Man 2

Prop Dude

“So we can see your pretty face and not ours.  Here?  How about here?  How about now?” — Prop Dude

Carter Mitchum

“Dennis.  Nice to meet you.  What?  So far, none of it.” — Carter Mitchum

Street solicitor

“Hey, you look like you care about animals.  Do you want to sign up here?  Thank you so much.  Have a good day.” — Street solicitor

Theater Actor

“Camcorder.” — Theater Actor

Theater Actor 7

“Oh, yeah, that– that was funny.” — Theater Actor 7


“Charlie gave me the note, but it’s really for you.  He told me to pick up my cues.  Acting is reacting.  I’m responding to you.  You’re slowing me down.  Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make a toast to Charlie… and to our beloved Nicole, who is going to be going out on a new adventure, all the way to sunny California.  And we are also going to try something new.  We are going to take our play to Broadway.  It reminds me of when I was a young person and went to Broadway for the first time.  And I’m telling you, winning your first Tony at 27, it can mess with your head.  I mean, I was just a baby.  Elia Kazan was backstage… …elbowing Mike Nichols.  And Mike was chatting with Dietrich, and Marlene, you know, she usually was a barrel of moneys, but tonight she was very, very serious.” — Frank

“I was the hot shit at that time.  Young, very sexy, with a great head of hair.  Miss Four Time Oscar winner, sucking my… so, Charlie, what you’re going through now is going to be horrible, but it will be over.  Another thing.  Fuck as many people as you can right now.  Women, men.  Take what I said seriously.” — Frank

“Charlie, I think I shouldn’t tuck in my shirt.  It comes out during the love scene.  When I hug Beth.  I think it’s something we should explore.  I also have a king of a thing about, uh, tucking things in. …insecurities about my figure.” — Frank

Theater Actor 8

“How is that for me?  Frank, it’s closing night, you know.  Yep.” — Theater Actor 8

Theater Actor 9

“I feel like my parents are splitting up.” — Theater Actor 9

Theater Actor 10

“Is Charlie still giving notes?” — Theater ACtor 10

Theater Actor 11

“You’re lucky, Nic.  I wish I was going to LA.” — Theater Actor 11


“Don’t do it.  Mary Ann?”

Baby Sitter

“Oh.  Hey, I didn’t expect you guys home until late.  Good, good.  He went to be on time.  No fuss.  Read him some of Cricket in Times Square.  God, you guys are so attractive.  Shit.  Sorry, I didn’t stop that from being said.  Hey, thanks.  And also the travel time.”

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