Jennifer Lawrence was shocked that she won the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress for the film American Hustle. In fact, she was so much so that she cursed at the person who told her.
Lawrence, on set of her new film X-Men: Days of Future Past, was in the middle of being painted blue for her role as Raven Darkholme (Mystique) when she was told she had just won the British Academy of Film and Television award. Her reply was, to say it nicely, somewhere along the lines of “take a hike.” “And then it turned out they were serious.” the actress told Deadline.
Unable to attend the show, her accolade was accepted by American Hustle director, David O. Russell, who had nothing but wonderful things to say about the actress. Russell told Digital Spy at the ceremonies that he was very proud to be able to call her a friend and a collaborator, proud that she took the role and called the young actress “fearless.”
Perhaps the actress never thought she was going to win because of the competition she had in her nomination category. Lawrence was up against Julia Roberts in August:Osage County, Oprah Winfrey for The Butler, Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years of Slave, and Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine. “Oh it was a big surprise. I didn’t remember that the BAFTAs were happening that day. I certainly did not think I was going to win one so I put it out of my mind.”
The Hunger Games actress is not new to nominations and winning awards but says that it is nice to remove herself from the awards season this year as the worry of winning or loosing tends to get rather stressful. “It’s been a bit of a blessing to be away and not really aware of what has been going on. It actually has been really nice.”
The BAFTA win, as shocking as it may have been, could be a foreshadow for Lawrence who is nominated for the same category at the Oscar’s. Her last Oscar win was for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the film Silver Linings Playbook. Her first Oscar nomination was also for Best Actress for her role in Winter’s Bone.
Other great films by Lawrence include, The Hunger Games series, the House at the End of the Street, The Beaver and Like Crazy. Her latest film, X-Men:Days of Future Past is set for release May 23 of this year.
It has been a great run for 23-year-old Lawrence who began her career five years ago and since then has become one of Hollywood’s most sought out actresses. Not bad for someone who never had any professional training.
It is nice to see young talent become so successful and still have both feet on the ground. Recognition and praise like she receives can easily go to one’s head. But not for Lawrence whose triumphant win at the BAFTA awards left her shocked and in utter disbelief that the honor went to her over the other talented women nominated in the same category. Congratulations Jennifer Lawrence and good luck at the Oscars.
Editorial by Derik L. Bradshaw