We’re still a little groggy from last night’s Oscars. But the long-running program was worth the lost sleep thanks to Louisville, Kentucky-native Jennifer Lawrence nabbing one of the most prestigious statues of the evening: Best Actress. In doing so she joins the ranks Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Faye Dunaway, Sissy Spacek, Shirley MacLaine, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates, Ginger Rogers, Joanne Woodward, Patricia Neal, Louise Fletcher, Geraldine Page and Joan Crawford (pretty impressive list, huh?) of Southern women who have taken home the Academy of Motion Pictures top female honor.
As for the obligatory question of the evening? Jennifer wore a voluminous blush pink haute couture gown by Christian Dior. (So voluminous in-fact that she lost her footing while approaching the stage to receive her award. In true Southern lady form, she maintained grace under pressure. Atta, girl!)
The past twelve months have been big for twenty-three-year old Jennifer who, last March, starred as Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster book series turned film franchise The Hunger Games. Her sharp, nuanced portrayal of Tiffany Maxwell, the eccentric widow, in the dark comedy Silver Linings Playbook earned her a Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and now an Oscar.
Full Disclosure: As pleased as we are with Jennifer’s win, we can’t help but feel a bit remorse for the nominated Southerners who came up empty handed. That holds especially true for the film everyone in these parts was rooting for Beasts of the Southern Wild. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Benh Zeitlin of New Orleans) and Best Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis, the darling nine-year-old from Houma, Louisiana), the set-in-Louisiana movie failed to score any hardware. Still, we’re pleased the Oscar noms gave this independent film the exposure it deserved and so proud the-little-movie-that-could was able to hold it’s own against studio heavyweights such as Lincoln, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty. We’ll call that a winner in our book.
For a full list of last night’s Academy Award winners visit oscars.org.