Jennifer Lawrence Rises to Stardom
by Molly Mcullen on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
I follow award season like it’s a sport. This time of year, I’ll check any news/celebrity site promising information about the red carpet. This year, just about every site seems to have a giant picture of Jennifer Lawrence right in the center.
The 22 year old star from Kentucky has had a tremendously successful year, both in film and in the media’s eye. Lawrence made her Hollywood breakthrough as the lead in the gritty drama “Winter’s Bone,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for best actress. An independent and relatively low-budget film, “Winter’s Bone” made it to the big screen after winning the Sundance Film Festival. Today, most people recognize Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen of the recent blockbuster, “The Hunger Games”.
As soon as “The Hunger Games” hit theatres worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence became a household name. Widely acclaimed, Lawrence’s performance as Katniss earned her both People’s Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award. Since “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence’s career has taken off. Lawrence returns as Katniss in the sequel, “Catching Fire”, set to premiere in 2013. Additionally, she snagged the lead female role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” currently in theaters. Her masterful work in the edgy drama brought her popularity to an even higher level. Having already taken the Best Actress title at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe Awards, Lawrence may make a clean sweep of the all the major award shows.
Despite her acting prowess, Lawrence continues to charm the public with her down-to-earth demeanor. In both interviews and acceptance speeches, Lawrence consistently demonstrates that she is not only a great actress, but also a funny and humble young woman. While accepting the award for Best Actress at this year’s SAG Awards, Lawrence poked fun at her first acting gig in a commercial for “My Super Sweet Sixteen” on MTV. Lawrence also made a Mean Girls reference in her acceptance speech at the People’s Choice Awards.
After her first year in the spotlight, Lawrence has established herself as an exceptionally talented young actress, and is certainly a name to follow in years to come.
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