Plucky actress Jennifer Lawrence is now Academy Award-winning plucky actress Jennifer Lawrence and her irreverent, straight-talkin' routine was on full display in the Oscars' press room last night. She announced to the room that she took a shot and then got jokingly belligerent (in her "hey idiots" kinda way) when a journalist asked her about tripping en route to accept her trophy for Best Actress. "Was that on purpose? Absolutely," said Lawrence. "What do you mean, 'What happened?' Look at my dress." Idiot.
She also good-naturedly responded to an inane and unanswerable question about her peaking too soon after winning an Oscar at 22. On getting ready for the show (not in the footage above, but viewable here) she commented, "I don't know, I just woke up and tried on the dress and it fit, thank god. And then, um, I took a shower? That's what I did." Idiot.
All of this is Lawrence being Lawrence, which is to say that the girl's got moxie...or at least, that's what she wants us to say regarding her shtick. Oh, and it is shtick, a performance tailored for public consumption and assuming minimum risk despite sounding "raw." But it at least feels realer than the prissy earnestness of the likes of Anne Hathaway or the awestruck humility of Taylor Swift. At least Lawrence has a palpable sense of humor and gift for spontaneity. Give me a shit talker any day, even a shit talker who knows that shit talking is going to make everyone think she's utterly adorable.
The shot of her flipping off the press room in her glamorous Dior gown holding the highest honor in her field says everything about her public persona at this point. It's iconic imagery, the likes of which we've never seen. Jennifer Lawrence is a true American original, or at least, that's her angle and she's sticking to it.
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