2013 belongs to Jennifer Lawrence.
From winning a Golden Globe in January, to being nominated for another Globe in December, the 23-year-old actress has stayed at the center of Hollywood's attention all year long. We've picked a memorable highlight from each of the past 12 months because, let's face it, we wish we were JLaw, and reliving her award wins, amazing faces, and epic fails makes us feel just a little closer to the legend in the making.
Some people may tell you that you aren't a true Jennifer Lawrence fan unless you've seen "Winter's Bone," which we understand (she was nominated for a 2011 Golden Globe and an Academy Award for that role). But we think falling in love with her while watching her Golden Globe-winning performance in "Silver Linings Playbook" is just as acceptable.
Lawrence plays the recently widowed Tiffany who is suffering from depression. After a tumultuous dance-filled courtship, she becomes Pat's (Bradley Cooper) main squeeze. By tumultuous, we mean bat-bleep crazy on Lawrence and Cooper's parts, but that's part of why the movie is fantastic.
The awards train continued to roll for Lawrence at the Academy Awards this year. JLaw took home the award for best actress on Feb. 24, her first Oscar, but her win was briefly overshadowed by a not-so-graceful fall up the stage steps on her way to accept it.
Other shining moments from the night: Lawrence telling Ryan Seacrest she was starving and asking if there would be food on the red carpet; Lawrence getting videobombed by Jack Nicholson after the show (and having a minor freak-out); and Lawrence giving the bird to cameras after her big win. Three more reasons she ruled 2013.
Lawrence graced the Hub (and Natick) with her presence. This would have been 10 times more exciting had we bumped into her buying a Happy Meal at McDonalds (like the one she was craving at the Oscars), but we're cool with the simple fact that she was walking our wicked streets. She was in town to film scenes from David O. Russell's latest "American Hustle," which earned Lawrence a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy or musical. Tune in on Jan. 12, 2014, to see if she takes home another shiny statue.
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Bill Clinton has a pretty easy name to pronounce, but for Lawrence it came out all wrong during the GLAAD Awards. She and Harvey Weinstein were tasked with presenting the former president with the Advocate for Change Award April 20, and in true JLaw fashion, she said "Glib" instead of Bill. There was no backtracking over that epic and obvious flub, so what did Lawrence do? Make a ridiculous face, look around sheepishly, and try again. Atta girl.
The rest of Lawrence's portion of the speech was worth watching. In it, she poked fun at her Oscar acceptance slip and read some of Weinstein's lines by mistake. Check it out in its entirety above.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala brings out some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and the red carpet tends to seem stuffy to us, but the reception for this year's May 6 event was far from typical. Just when we thought no one could upstage Sarah Jessica Parker's headpiece, Lawrence video/photobombed SJP and brought the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" theme to the red carpet by copping a faux hawk feel.
We loved it.
We aren't sure when Jennifer Lawrence got a break this year because in June, she was spotted filming "X-Men: Days of Future Past." This picture surfaced of JLaw in a full blue body suit as the villainous sex-pot Mystique. We're pretty sure the shot of her amazing bod speaks for itself.
Lawrence put her videobombing skills to work again when she took over Ben Lyons's interview with Jeff Bridges at Comic-Con. First, she ran toward the "Big Lebowski" actor while he was on camera for an "Extra" exclusive, pulling along a friend behind her as she went. Her courage failed on her initial try and she retreated, but her attempt got the attention of Lyons who allowed her to commandeer the mic and ask questions when she returned a second time.
Lawrence was at the San Diego event to promote "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Aug. 15 is a special day for Lawrence every year. Why? It's her birthday, duh.
She turned 23 this year, and while we celebrated it by eating an ice cream cake and dancing to Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry Bout a Thing" while pretending we were her in "Silver Linings" (above), other sites like Yahoo! created lists of reasons why their writers wished she was their bestie. Get in line, Yahooligans.
The push for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" gained steam, so it was only fitting that the film's star graced the cover of the month's Vogue. The Lawrence-clad issue hit newsstands in August, but the September copy (more like a book at 902 pages) stayed on store shelves for weeks. JLaw stunned in every photo -- inside and out -- and we cherished the Vogue fall fashion issue more than any other mag's.
The actress who brings us Katniss is not shy about her love of food. She also isn't shy about the fact that she would rather eat and be "chubby" (as if she's even close) on screen, than be a twig in real life.
The November issue of Harper's Bazaar U.K. hit the market in October, and in Tom Shone's interview with the cover girl, Lawrence discussed a time during her career when someone made her cry (she was called "fat"), proving that she is a human being just like the rest of us.
"I was young. It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didnít lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that."
Someone brought it up recently.
"They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldnít still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, Iím above it all. 'You really still care about that?' Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesnít matter what accolades you get."
She pauses. "I know itíll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet', Iím like, 'You can go [bleep] yourself'."
You go, girl.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" storm was raging ahead of the film's Nov. 22 release, and with it came a slew of Lawrence media ops (which Jon Stewart called "crapfests").
Lawrence visited Stewart's "The Daily Show" on Nov. 21 (her last crapfest for "The Hunger Games" of the year), and while she was in the hot seat she commented on her much-discussed haircut ("Can you imagine getting your hair cut, and then finding out about it on the news?"), hypothesized about wearing a turkey on her head (Stewart thought that would cause the Internet to break), and then outed Stewart for being a terribly prepared interviewer (who doesn't like having his nipples looked at). Could she be any more awesome? No.
But wait, it gets better.
"American Hustle" fans bombarded theaters to see the '70s-based, critically-acclaimed film. Ahead of it, Lawrence sat down with Conan O'Brien on Dec. 18 to discuss her role in the film -- among other things.
One of the other things was the fact that if she weren't an actress, she thinks she would be a maid because she enjoys snooping through other people's stuff. When O'Brien asked her if she was worried about maids going through her things, she replied with one of our favorite stories of the year.
Somebody as a joke, bought me a bunch of butt plugs -- it's a long story.
Can you guys just trust me, that it's normal, the story? So I had a copious amount of butt plugs. Tons of butt plugs. All different kinds of colors. Huge amounts of different colored butt plugs, and then the maid was coming so I was just like 'I'll just shove these under the bed' -- she might not know they're for a joke. And then I came back and all of them were brought out of the bed and were in this beautiful display on my bedside table.
I think she knew what she was doing because they were under the bed. I wanted to leave a note that said 'not mine' or 'bought as joke.'
And on that awkward and hilarious note, friends, we wrap up the year in Jennifer Lawrence. If you have a favorite memory, feel free to share it with us in the comments.
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