No one was surprised when Jennifer Lawrence's name was called out this morning for an Oscar nomination, but you might be surprised to learn how significant her American Hustle nomination is. Lawrence, at only 23-years-old is now considered to be the top celebrated Oscar nominee of her age bracket. Not only is Lawrence nominated two years in a row for her second David O. Russell film, but she's also the youngest person to be nominated three times for an Oscar in her career.
Last year Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her turn in David O. Russell's film Silver Linings Playbook, and now she's nominated for her second outing with Russell for American Hustle. Her first nomination came in 2010 for Winter's Bone. This year Lawrence will join the ceremony as both a presenter and a nominee, the latter is for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, which puts her up against some pretty great competition, including Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), June Squibb (Nebraska), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).
According to The Wrap, before Lawrence held the record for youngest celebrated Oscar nominee, Teresa Wright held it as she earned three Oscar nominations at the age of 24. Her only win came for Mrs. Miniver in 1942. As it is Lawrence is already holding down a pretty powerful record as she is the second youngest Best Actress winner in the history of the awards ceremony. The youngest being Marlee Marlin, who won at 21-years-old in Children of a Lesser God.
Although early on in the race Lupita Nyong'o was expected to win for Best Supporting, the race seemed to stop when the Golden Globes awarded Jennifer Lawrence. Combine that with Lawrence's on going press for The Hunger Games franchise, she may just win on her congeniality skills alone. Her power in her personality only rose higher when nominations were read today, seeing as Lawrence was for the most part, on the bubble of even being nominated throughout the Oscar season. Now it just looks like she's going to take it all.
Clearly grateful for her Oscar nomination, Jennifer Lawrence said in a statement this morning:
"Thank you so much to the Academy for this nomination and for all of the nominations for the film. It's very exciting! Congratulations to my fellow nominees, it's an honor to be nominated in the company of these four actresses who I admire and are so incredibly talented."Even though Jennifer Lawrence was fantastic in American Hustle, she may just owe her Oscar to The Real Housewives of New Jersey, as the actress admitted a few weeks ago that she watched the reality show to get down the accent and mannerisms to play her comical Long Island housewife character.