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Jennifer Lawrence Best Actress Oscar Winner Answers Annoying Questions

Jennifer Lawrence Anne Hathaway Oscar winnersJennifer Lawrence: Best Actress Oscar winner interview backstage (with fellow Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, above)

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.” (Image: 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 Christoph WaltzJennifer Lawrence and Christoph Waltz chatting backstage at the Oscar 2013 ceremony

Jennifer Lawrence Jean DujardinBest Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence poses backstage with last year's Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin

Jennifer Lawrence Oscar winner Best ActressBest Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

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.

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  1. mse

    @Beebee: Oscar campaigning always used dirty tricks. However it should not dimimish the accomplishment made by Lawrence. With or without Harvey, she was the frontrunner to win this award pretty much during the whole season. Ones personal opinion could differ of course, I would've been glad if Chastain or Riva took home the statue, but they both had their obstacles to overcome when it came to winning the voters' hearts, and again, I'm talking about pre-controversy. If you need, blame Harvey and the campaigning, but don't try to take it out on a young talented actress, who's just doing her job the best she can.
    The standing ovation was because she tripped on her dress when walking up the stairs receiving her award. She even adressed that, as soon as she got up, saying that 'You're just all standing because you feel sorry for me that I fell.'

  2. Beebee

    Unfortunately you forgot the main part of the story, Harvey Weinstein bought her her Oscar and he tried to buy Silver Linings Playbook an Oscar by getting the White House associates involved in some mental campaign to help promote the film.

    Notice how the senators attacked Zero Dark Thirty viciously after Jessica Chastain won the Golden Globe? Notice how she never won another major award afterward? Zero Dark was shut out of the awards. That was Harvey. Jessica was set to win that Oscar and should have.

    Harvey called in a favor with Diane Feinstein, Cali senator and suddenly Zero Dark becomes this sudden pariah during the beginning of awards season. Notice how after Jen Law won her first major, all is quiet on the Zero Dark frenzy from Washington. Pin drop.

    Vulture came out with an article today about how Harvey secured a White House insider to help push Silver Linings. Bradley Cooper is sitting in the White House talking to the VP about mental health issues conveniently after the Conn shooting.

    You so-called Hollywood reporters are full of crap. Vulture is in NY and found this out, you all know what Harvey did to Zero Dark to push Jessica out of the running in order to get Silver Linings and Jen her Oscar.

    This just stinks!!! It's obvious Harvey called on his congressional contacts he gives money to not to mention former Senator Dodd. Question? Where's all the hoopla about Zero Dark now? Kinda quiet isn't it? It's been quiet after Harvey got his senate pals to make Zero Dark to hot to handle. It's like payola. He's Don Corleone calling in favors from his DC friends to get his film and actors Oscars.

    Tommy Lee Jones should have won Best Supporting. Zero Dark Thirty was the Best Movie of the Year. Jessica deserved that Best Actress Award!!! But Harvey couldn't fight off that Clooney/Affleck charm with his DC connections but he knocked out Chastain for Lawrence.

    If I was Jennifer and I found out all of the dirt Harvey pulled off to get me that Oscar, I would give it back because everyone will know you only got it because the Don…I mean Harvey called in favors to trash a damn good film like Zero Dark, kept Katherine Bigelow out of the Best Director nom and probably did it against Affleck too!

    At least we know Clooney has some power in Hollywood. Funny how Jennifer kept forgetting to thank Harvey “on camera” with all eyes watching? How do you forget to thank Harvey? Funny how she didn't go to that White House appearance with Bradley. She knew what Harvey was doing! She knew.

    This is one Oscar that was blatantly bought and paid for and Jen knew it and all of you are congratulating her for what Harvey bought and paid for with campaign donations.

    Harvey needs to go down behind this. It's time to run him out of Hollywood. When you start calling in favors from the White House, that's power no one should have.

    Do your jobs!!! Dig this story out and stop treating Jen like she's the next princess of Hollywood!! She didn't earn that Oscar! Jessica earn it. What? He hook you up with a good swag bag?! Whomever that director was that The Hollywood Reporter spoke to knew what was going on. He knew too! But he wasn't buying what Harvey was selling.

    It's sad…I'm going to watch and see which one of you Hollywood reporting sites will pick up this story from Vulture (who's in NY) and do some Woodward and Bernstein investigating and BLOW HARVEY'S GAME UP!!!