Oscars 2013: Can Jennifer Lawrence be stopped?

Feb. 24, 2013 | 11:48 a.m.
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Jennifer Lawrence, "X-Men" and "Hunger Games" star, is up for a best actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook." (AFP / Getty Images)

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Fresh off her "Hunger Games" success, Jennifer Lawrence has been collecting trophies this awards season, culminating in an Oscar nomination. Here, she attends the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in early February. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Lawrence helped turn "The Hunger Games" into a box-office success. (Associated Press)

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In "Silver Linings Playbook," Jennifer Lawrence, portraying a young widow, stars opposite Bradley Cooper. (Weinstein Co.)

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Jennifer Lawrence accepts the award for best female lead at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. (Getty Images)

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Best actress honors went to Lawrence at this year's Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Awards. (Getty Images)

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Back-to-back hits have made Jennifer Lawrence, holding aloft her People's Choice Awards trophy, the belle of the ball this awards season. (AFP/Getty Images)

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The Screen Actors Guild honored Lawrence for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for "Silver Linings Playbook." (Paul Buck / European Pressphoto Agency)

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Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a motion picture (musical or comedy) for "Silver Linings Playbook." (AFP/Getty Images)

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Lawrence was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts honor for "Silver Linings Playbook." (Getty Images)

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the AFI Awards, where she was among those being recognized for movie of the year honors for "Silver Linings Playbook." (Getty Images)

Jennifer Lawrence has gone from being “the girl on fire” in “The Hunger Games” to Hollywood’s golden girl for her turn as a neurotic young widow in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

She’s considered by many a front-runner for the best-actress Oscar when the 85th annual Academy Awards get underway Sunday night, capping an awards season that has seen Lawrence dominate the top honors — including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice awards.

Saturday afternoon, she added one more trophy to her collection, picking up top actress honors at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica.

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But the Academy Awards voters aren’t swayed by the masses, of course. And Lawrence has plenty of competition heading into the ceremony being held tonight at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Lawrence is competing with Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour,” Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.”

In the wake of the Oscar nominations last month, many pundits predicted the race would come down to Lawrence versus Chastain.

But in the days and weeks since then, the conventional thinking has shifted to Lawrence and Riva.

As noted recently in the Los Angeles Times, an appreciation for Riva’s career as well as her performance as a woman confronting her mortality after a debilitating stroke could make Riva the one to beat.

If Lawrence goes home empty-handed, she’ll have this for solace: The 22-year-old has built one of the most enviable careers in Hollywood. She’s balanced big box-office fare such as “The Hunger Games” and “X-Men” franchises with more dramatic roles such as “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Lawrence reunites with her “Silver Linings” costar Bradley Cooper for “Serena,” slated for a September release. And the second “Hunger Games” installment, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” is due in theaters Nov. 22.

What do you think? Does Lawrence deserve the lead-actress Oscar?

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15 Responses to Oscars 2013: Can Jennifer Lawrence be stopped?

  1. cmcrae says:

    jennifer lawrence, defenetly deserves the win. I usually do not like movies like the silver lining playbook but her performance (along with bradley coopers's) made this movie incredible to watch. Something about her just makes every movie she is in that much better.

  2. Manny says:

    A resounding YES!

  3. hermes says:

    She deserves to win. Shes the best actress in the world. She should of won an oscar for winters bone also. I think we’re witnessing one of the best actors ever. And she never has taken acting lessons. Talk about natural , top notch talent.

  4. Angela says:

    she was fun in silver linings, but jessica chastain deserves it.

  5. Dnj says:

    Oh!i love her and she truly deserves it..she is such a fantastic actor with super talent..really expecting a lot in future too…

  6. Love u jenn says:

    Yeahh !! Jennifer !! Yes ! I like her he’s very good actrees !!

  7. Bobby says:

    Jennifer is definitely the best actress I’ve seen in my lifetime. I hope she gets all the best awards. She deserves them.

  8. Cara says:

    No she’s mediocre and a flash in the pan.

  9. @Chatham555 says:

    Both these girls deserve it… It's sad that we are nothing more then Spartans and someone has to go down in the arena for us to have our rush… Last year the Academy gave Viola Davis's award to Meryl Streep… Irony is Viola would have walked home with an Oscar this year… Will they give it to the 88 year old playing an 88 year old, or the 11 year old playing the 11 year old. Honestly the entire show is a HOAX… How can these IMBECILES, nominate A move for Best Picture and not the Director. Chatham Sebastian

    • @Chatham555 says:

      Oh MY God… Censorship…. I don't know who you are… But on this day… the American Ideal has lost that much more of the little there is left to it. Chatham Sebastian

  10. Chelsea says:

    She totally deserves to win. She has been though so much that she sould be able to rest after this awards season. Win or lose, I still love her.

  11. chris says:

    Jennifer Lawrence is so beautifiul and talented. If she dont win im gonna cry. I love her so much

  12. Love u jenn says:

    Ohh yeahh she win !! Im very proud of herr ! Jenn you are the best ! To you cara that wrote that he is a mediocre !! You are that ! If she is a mediocre why he haves golden globes awards oscars people choice awards etc .. Take that

  13. bjsmith says:

    Congratulations Jennifer ! Hope you keep a level head through all of this fame and continue to do good work.
    Goes to show you that great acting wins more then just a pretty face.

  14. Let's Be Real says:

    Chastain deserved the win. There is nothing new or original in Silver Linings and there was nothing new or original in Lawrence's performance. The film was mediocre.

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