Arts and Culture


Jennifer Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress on Sunday night for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, making her the second-youngest winner in the category and the first Kentucky native to win an acting Oscar since George Clooney in 2006.

Lawrence was considered the favorite for the Academy Award, but Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) were considered strong contenders. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) were also nominated.

Lawrence, who stumbled on the steps to accept the award but got a standing ovation from some in audience, said: “You guys are are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you. This is nuts.”

(Here’s more on the stumble from NPR.)

This was Lawrence’s second Academy Award nomination. The first time came in 2011 for her breakout role in Winter’s Bone; Natalie Portman won that year for Black Swan.

Lawrence recently told WFPL that she intended to have more fun at this year’s Academy Awards than in 2011, when she was newer to the industry. Listen to the interview below:

Lawrence, who was born in Louisville and lived here until age 14 when she began acting, also starred last year in the first of the Hunger Games films. The second film is slated to premiere in November.

This year, she’ll also re-team with Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper in Serena and co-star in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Clooney, by the way, also won an Academy Award as a producer for Argo, which won Best Picture.

Update: Here’s a list of all the Oscars winners.