In some ways, when I think long and hard about it, the popularity of Jennifer Lawrence
ties so much into that famous red dress that she wore to the Oscars when she was nominated for WINTER'S BONE. Those who didn't know who she was instantly took to the web to figure out EXACTLY who she was. Then it kicked in, the surprise over the fact that this girl could act so well, she didn't even need to speak in order to emote what her character was going through. I highly doubt that THE HUNGER GAMES would have been as interesting if JLaw hadn't been able to make you feel as close to Katniss as she did, with her wide eyes and pursed full lips. (The book has Katniss rarely speaking, most of the script is internal thoughts.) While I positively loved how she handed Robert DeNiro his ass in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK then cracked open a beer in a manner which suggested, "Seriously, do I have to spell everything out for you idiots?" was brilliance. However, politically speaking, it's going to take a couple more years before they decide to give her what she has already earned in my mind several times over.
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