Oscars 2013: Will "Silver" Lead Lawrence to Gold?

By Gigi Peccolo on February 11, 2013

Poster for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Will it secure Lawrence the Oscar Gold?

Jennifer Lawrence is on fire this year. And that’s not just because she’s reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen in this November’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” She’s also getting attention for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook,” as Tiffany, a troubled, young recovering sex addict.

If this sounds like an Oscar bait role to you, it’s because it is. But not because it’s a dark role (though it is that too). Rather, it’s the fact that Lawrence and director David O. Russell manage to imbue the character with a little bit of light. Tiffany is content with who she is, tortured by her past but unwilling put up with flak from anyone, including fellow neurotic love interest Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper). Lawrence, only 21 when the movie was shot, carries the weight of the world as expertly as someone twice her age.

Granted, some of this confidence Lawrence brings to the table herself (sorry, Zooey Deschanel, but she’s the new queen of quirk). Just look up any of her interviews in the past month and you’ll find someone who’s refreshingly candid, unafraid to say things that most celebrity agents would balk at.

Just to give you a sense of what a terrifically talented actress Lawrence is, here are some of the accolades she’s earned this awards season for “Silver Linings Playbook”:

  • A Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy,
  • A Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,
  • A Critics Choice Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy, Best Actress in an Action Movie, and
  • An Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

At 22, she’s also the youngest actress to ever have received two nominations for an Academy Award; her first was for 2010’s ‘Winter’s Bone.’

However, the last time an actress in a romantic dramedy snagged a Best Actress Academy Award was way back in 1998, with Gwyneth Paltrow’s performance in ‘Shakespeare in Love.’ And the Academy has a strong track record of rewarding dramatic performances. Jessica Chastain in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ seems the obvious choice. Could Lawrence shake things up this year?

May the odds be ever in her favor.

I'm currently a sophomore at the University of Denver majoring in journalism. I write for the school paper but I also love writing for entertainment, specifically TV and movies, and ULoop is a great outlet for that. In my free time, you can find me doing newspaper layouts or taking a nap to make up for all the sleep I've missed.

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