With her second Golden Globe win in as many years, "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence has continued her rapid evolution from fresh-faced ingenue to polished Hollywood powerhouse.
It was only in 2010 that Lawrence first appeared on critics', audiences' and awards voters' radar for her lead role in "Winter's Bone," which earned the now-23-year-old actress her first Globe and Oscar nominations.
Since then she has pulled off a unique balancing act in her career by shouldering a blockbuster franchise in "The Hunger Games" while racking up awards for her dramatic collaborations with "Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell.
She has also developed a reputation for quirky, quippy sound bites and memorable awards show moments. Collecting her Globe for "Silver Linings" last year, Lawrence memorably exclaimed, "I beat Meryl!" — raising eyebrows over her apparent dig at fellow nominee and "Iron Lady" star Meryl Streep. In fact, the line was a quote from "The First Wives Club," a fact Lawrence tried to clear up in the aftermath of the kerfuffle.
Then while collecting her Oscar, Lawrence famously tripped on the way to podium. When the audience rose to its feet in support, Lawrence said, "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's embarrassing."
What a difference a year makes. Lawrence's acceptance speech for "Hustle" was noticeably free of stumbles and risky bons mots, with the actress taking the more conventional route of effusive modesty. After praising Russell and her fellow cast members, she did slip in a quick wisecrack, saying "I actually did watch all the movies this year — not all of them, but you know what I mean."
She concluded by adding, "I'm sorry I'm shaking so much. Don't ever do this again!" It seems unlikely this is the last time we'll see her on stage with an award in hand.
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