It’s been a big couple of years for Jennifer Lawrence. The actress broke out in 2010 indie hit Winter’s Bone, which scored her an Oscar nomination, and by mid-2012 she was a household name and female role model thanks to her landing the part of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Cut to a year later and Jennifer is now an Academy Award winner (for Silver Linings Playbook) with two big franchises under her belt, a fashion darling with a Dior campaign, and one of Hollywood’s most beloved and endearing personalities. All this and she’s only turning 23 today! In honour of her birthday, we’ve rounded up 23 of her boldest moments.
You know the name. You know the face. You know that she stacked it on the way to receiving her best actress Oscar earlier this week. And you know that she fronts a massive franchise called The Hunger Games. But what else do you know about Jennifer Lawrence? Her profile has had a massive boost in the past couple of months thanks to her Oscar-winning role as a reformed sex addict widow in Silver Linings Playbook, but there’s so much more to Jen than her incredible talent and cinema credits. She’s the golden girl of the moment (and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere), so click through to get up to speed on all things Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper celebrated their film Silver Linings Playbook with a special Vanity Fair dinner party in LA last night. Jennifer wore a Roland Mouret frock as she mingled with Bradley and Harvey Weinstein. Bradley chatted with co-star Chris Tucker and director David O. Russell, as well as David's son, Matthew, whose struggle with mental illness inspired the film.
The party wasn't just about awards season, as it also benefited the Glenholme School, a boarding school for children with special needs. Another event Vanity Fair threw for the cast of Les Misérables yesterday also benefited Glenholme. Jennifer and Bradley have a lot to look forward to this weekend — they are both up for Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards will take place in LA on Sunday while the Oscars will air on Monday, Feb. 25.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were celebrated with a special dinner hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Grey Goose at Little House in London last night. The Silver Linings Playbook co-stars were joined by Harvey, Thandie Newton, Gemma Arterton and others to toast their big screen success. Their award season fun will continue tonight, when both Jennifer and Bradley are up for honours at the BAFTAs.
Director David O. Russell is also nominated in the best adapted screenplay category. Jennifer landed in London yesterday, but she's not the only star that has made her way overseas for the big show — Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner arrived at their UK hotel last night.
It's nearly impossible to pigeonhole a movie like Silver Linings Playbook. Is it a drama? A comedy? A sports film? A romance? The truth is, David O. Russell's latest movie is all of those things — and more. The film, about a bipolar man named Pat (Bradley Cooper) looking to get his life back on track after a stint in a mental institution, examines Pat's illness as Russell takes us through the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying process of healing. Russell and his impressive cast strike such a perfect balance between drama and comedy that it doesn't matter how the movie's categorised; the easiest way to label Silver Linings Playbook is as a great movie.
After eight months in the hospital, Pat moves back in with his parents, ready to start fresh. He's determined to embrace a more positive attitude in the hopes of winning back his wife, but he's continually haunted by the memory of beating her lover to pulp — not to mention the fact that the filter between his brain and mouth appears to be completely broken. His belligerent (and often insensitive) comments provide easy chuckles from the audience, but it's not until Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) enters the picture that the film really becomes a joy to watch — in all its idiosyncratic glory.
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Jacki Weaver's Silver Linings Playbook role is earning her lots of awards season attention, and this weekend was no different. On Sunday, she was honoured at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards in LA, where we chatted with her on the red carpet. Jacki talked about playing mum to Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper and her admiration for the "brilliant" Jennifer Lawrence, who picked up the best actress SAG Award at yesterday's ceremony.
Bradley Cooper debuted Silver Linings Playbook (out Jan. 31) in Madrid last night after attending a photo call for the Oscar-nominated movie earlier in the day. Bradley has been on the road in support of the film for much of the month. Before heading to Europe, he kicked off 2013 by picking up an honour at the Palm Springs Film Festival, then he attended the Golden Globes in LA on Monday.
Bradley didn't pick up the win in the best actor in a comedy or musical category at the Globes, losing out to Hugh Jackman, but he is still in the running for an Academy Award. Jennifer Lawrence, his leading lady in Silver Linings, had better luck with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, taking home the best actress statuette in her corresponding category. Bradley hopped a plane for Spain in the days following the ceremony, but his co-star flew to NYC instead. Jennifer is hosting SNL this weekend with musical guest The Lumineers.
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The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival drew boldfaced Hollywood names yesterday. Stars including Ben Affleck, Naomi Watts and Bradley Cooper were honoured for their on-screen work, while Tom Hanks, Eddie Redmayne, Diane Lane and other celebs presented the evening's awards. We were on the red carpet and inside for the star-studded dinner, where several of the awardees shared moving, funny and heartfelt speeches. Naomi, who accepted the evening's Desert Palm Achievement Award for actress from her The Impossible co-star Tom Holland, thanked her long-time partner, Liev Schreiber, for inspiring her. She also expressed gratitude for their two young sons, Sasha and Kai, for "breathing life into me."
Birthday boy Bradley Cooper — who turned 38 yesterday — gave a short and humble speech when accepting the corresponding award for actor for his work in Silver Linings Playbook. Still, he couldn't escape host Mary Hart, who led the audience in a round of "Happy Birthday" in his honour before he left the stage. As Ben Affleck and his Argo cast closed the show, taking home the Ensemble Performance Award, Ben asked Mary if she'd prompt the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" for him, as well. "When's your birthday?" Mary asked. Ben replied, "August."
It's been a jam-packed week this time round! Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart arrived at JFK together on November 24, confirming that their relationship is alive and well, while Miranda Kerr was kept with her hands full — with son Flynn and then with a couple of bras from Victoria's Secret! Leonardo DiCaprio was snapped leaning in for a big kiss with a new-on-the-scene blonde, while Mary-Kate Olsen gave her love a peck on the cheek, and Scarlett Johansson and co-star Jessica Biel hit the red carpet to premiere their new movie, Hitchcock. That's not even the half of it — there's plenty more to check out from the week, so click through the gallery and enjoy!