In the press room, 2013 Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence had to field questions from journalists. One of those referred to issue of mental illness as portrayed in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Lawrence’s Best Actress win. Her response: "I don’t think that we’re going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness. … It’s just so it’s so bizarre how in this world you have to if you have asthma, you take asthma medicine; if you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine. If you have to take medication for your mind, there’s such a stigma behind it." (Photo: Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway backstage at the Oscar 2013 ceremony.)
Discussing the hours before the Oscar 2013 ceremony, Jennifer Lawrence compared herself to Steve Martin in Father of the Bride, "watching my house just be torn apart, and my whole family was getting ready." When a journalist asked her if the fall on the way to the stage to collect her Oscar statuette had been on purpose, Lawrence answered, "Absolutely." The journalist then asked what happened, to which Lawrence responded, "What do you mean what happened? Look at my dress. I tried to walk up stairs in this dress. That’s what happened." [See also: "Silver Linings Playbook Oscar Campaign Got Push from Obama’s Presidential Campaign Manager?"]
After a journalist asked Lawrence if she felt her career might be peaking too soon — a Best Actress Oscar winner at age 22 — Lawrence said "Well, now I am," and then turned to the moderator to complain, "I feel like you’re picking people to make fun of me." The moderator denied doing so.
And finally … Unlike some who were offended by Oscar 2013 host Seth MacFarlane’s "boob song," Jennifer Lawrence claimed she "loved the boob song. I thought he was great, I thought he was hilarious."
Jennifer Lawrence: Best Actress Oscar 2013 competition and movie credits
Jennifer Lawrence’s Best Actress competitors were veteran Emmanuelle Riva for Michael Haneke’s Amour, Naomi Watts for Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible, Jessica Chastain for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and Quvenzhané Wallis for Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. While picking up her award, Lawrence received a curious standing ovation, which until then had been reserved to veterans Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, and Daniel Day-Lewis (plus Jennifer Hudson, for her Dreamgirls singing performance on stage).
Lawrence has been featured in movies for all of four years. She earned a previous Best Actress Oscar nomination two years ago for Debra Granik’s drama Winter’s Bone, with John Hawkes.
Her other movie credits include Gary Ross’ blockbuster The Hunger Games, with Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson; Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy; Mark Tonderai’s horror thriller House at the End of the Street, with Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue; Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, with Mel Gibson; Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy, with Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin; and Guillermo Arriaga’s The Burning Plain, with Charlize Theron and John Corbett.
Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming movies include Susanne Bier’s Serena, with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper; Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin; Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; and an untitled David O. Russell movie project featuring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner.
Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz, and Jean Dujardin photos: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S. Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.