In a unique race, 22-year-old
Jennifer Lawrence defeated the oldest and youngest Oscar
nominees to take home the Best Actress Oscar for her role of a
recovering sex addict in David O Russell's Silver Linings
The actress, who established herself as a box office
superstar with The Hunger Games franchise, won the Oscar
voters' affection with her grabby, comedic and very quirky
character of Tiffany, a young widow in a shaky new
relationship with a man fresh from a mental hospital.
"This is embarrassing... It is nuts...thank you to the
Academy, to the women this year. Thank you to the best
production team, our crew and my family... Thank you so much,"
said Lawrence as she accepted her trophy. The actress had a
embarrassing moment as she fell down while climbing the stairs
to accept her trophy.
She beat off competition from 86-year-old Emmanuelle Riva
(Amour), nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the
Southern Wild), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Naomi
Watts (The Impossible).
Lawrence started her career from TV sitcom The Bill
Engvall Show and in barely six years, the actress has risen
from a relatively unknown to superstardom. Her Oscar winning
Lawrence is more known for her independent movies The
Burning Plain (2008) and Winter's Bone (2010), for which she
was nominated for an Academy Award.
Silver Linings Playbook centers on the relationship
between a man (Bradley Cooper) just out of a mental hospital
and a young widow (Lawrence).
The film is also up for best picture and director David O
Russell is nominated for adapted screenplay and director
category. Cooper is in the running for the lead-acting honors.
The movie also has Indian actor Anupam Kher in a small
but significant role.
Lawrence recently claimed the Golden Globe and the Screen
Actors Guild honor for her role.