From Winter's Bone to Silver Linings Playbook, look back at Jennifer Lawrence's career in pictures...
After a string of small TV roles, Jennifer Lawrence landed a breakthrough in 2007, with a part in American sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. Starring as therapist’s daughter Lauren Pearson, the blonde haired, blue eyed beauty soon became a firm favourite with viewers – and it didn’t go unnoticed. In 2009, Jen bagged the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series, after three seasons in the show.
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In 2008, Jennifer bagged another big role, this time in an adaptation of director Lori Petty’s teenage years in Iowa, a victim of abuse. Appearing with fellow teen stars Selma Blair and Chloë Grace Moretz, she was awarded the Los Angeles Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance, and, at the tender age of 18, was already marking herself out as one to watch.
As Jennifer’s career begun to take off in earnest, next came a role in independent flick The Burning Plane opposite Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. Not only did the film set tongues wagging, it also earned her a prestigious Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Emerging Actor/Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2008. Three awards down, many to go…
Winter’s Bone put Jennifer firmly on the movie map, with Hollywood’s biggest bosses labelling her as their next big thing. The role, as Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old who cares for her mentally ill mother when her father disappears, saw the 19-year-old actress secure Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guide, and Oscar nominations.
Sticking to her independent roots, Jennifer followed her Winter’s Bone success with indie flick Like Crazy. The flick, about a British student banned from the US after outstaying her visa at an American college, premiered at the Sundance film festival to huge critical acclaim. Is there anything this girl can’t do?!
While the Mel Gibson/anti-semitic storm was still raging, Jen bravely followed through with her next movie, a flick to which Mel Gibson was attached. Also starring Jodie Foster, the film told the story of a divorced man adopting a beaver hand puppet as his sole means of communication. After being shot in 2009 it was finally released in 2011.
With a hotly tipped X-Men reboot in the offing, Jen joined a star-studded cast – including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones and now boyfriend British actor Nicholas Hoult – to take on the part of Raven Darkholme, a blue mutant with the power of shape shifting. A huge hit at the box office, the flick introduced Jen to a whole new audience…
Tipped to be the new Twilight, Jennifer Lawrence fought off stiff competition from some of Hollywood’s hottest actresses to land the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy.
Although it shot to number one at the box-office and has landed Jen a hefty pay hike, she has admitted that she almost turned down the role: “Just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for the better,” she said of her decision.
“The truth was, in the bottom of my heart, I wanted to do it. I wanted to play this character. I was scared of the aftermath, but you can’t say no to things because you’re scared. You just have to go for it.”
With one of the biggest films of the year already under her belt, Jennifer turned her attention to indie flick Silver Linings Playbook, which soon went the same way. The hit, in which she plays a recovering sex addict, co-stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro and quickly racked up a host of nominations at 2012’s biggest awards, including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Oscars. It was Jennifer’s year as she won the award for Best Actress and endeared everyone to her by tripping over her dress on the way to collect her award.
Hardworking Jennifer’s 2012 releases also included thriller movie House At The End Of The Street. Riding high on her Hunger Games fame, the actress played the part of Elissa, who moves to a new town with her mother, befriending the girl next door only to find she has murdered her parents. Creepy.
Last year saw Jennifer star in the much anticipated Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, which was met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Jennifer managed to escape the curse of the franchise sequel as she returned as ass-kicking Katniss Everdeen, with the final two films set to arrive in 2014 and 2015.
Last year also saw Jennifer Lawrence take on a supporting role in American Hustle opposite Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper. The film was a huge success and has so far racked up an amazing 17 BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer. With the Oscar nominations yet to come could this be another winning year for Jennifer Lawrence?