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Santa Barbara Fest Lauds 'Supernova' Jennifer Lawrence, Outstanding Performer of the Year

Thompson on Hollywood By Justin Lowe | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2013 at 6:51AM

On Saturday night, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented Jennifer Lawrence, 22, with the fest’s Outstanding Performer of the Year award. But first she had to submit to a grilling by SBIFF executive director Roger Durling, who described Lawrence’s performances, from Lori Petty’s “The Poker House” to Oscar-nominated “Silver Linings Playbook,” as “filled with electric energy and vitality.”
'Silver Linings Playbook'
'Silver Linings Playbook'

Of Tiffany in “Silver Linings Playbook” Lawrence said: “I loved that she was so real. I loved her strengths as well as her weaknesses.” Accepting the offer to play opposite Oscar-winner Robert DeNiro and nominee Jacki Weaver, she said that “it’s really rare that saying yes to something will change your life” as much as Russell’s film has for her. “Most of my favorite performances from my favorite movies” are from the director’s films, she said.

Looking ahead to her upcoming projects, Lawrence singled out “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second installment in the franchise that has her reprising her role of Katniss Everdeen. “It's a character I love and a story with a message that I’m passionate about,” she disclosed, although she contends that “I still think of myself as an indie actor.”

As for her two Academy Award nominations, “it’s overwhelming, but it’s an honor," she said. "It’s like getting a promotion at your job. My dreams have come true.” This second time around, when she’s better positioned to win the Best Actress Oscar, Lawrence acknowledged the process was less daunting: “The first time it was terrifying, but I did it one time so I can do it again."

This article is related to: Silver Linings Playbook, Awards, Awards, Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.