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Oscar buzz for Lawrence in 'Playbook'
By Liz Braun, QMI Agency


Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in "The Silver Linings Playbook."



Jennifer Lawrence wants you to know this: She can't dance.

She dances anyway in The Silver Linings Playbook, a film in which she and Bradley Cooper play a couple of emotionally fragile people who find each other en route to other things. There's even a dance contest involved, and they enter together.

"I'm a terrible dancer. Awful," Lawrence says, cheerfully. "It was probably like watching a baby deer learn to walk."

In fact, we tell her, the dance scenes in the film are wonderful to watch.

"Then it's probably CGI," she jokes.

Lawrence, 22, is often funny and offhand about her career, but The Silver Linings Playbook, opening Wednesday, is the latest of her movies to prompt Oscar speculation. The people who know about this sort of thing are 100% sure Lawrence will get a nomination for her work in the film.

She's been nominated before. Lawrence got dozens of award nominations for her work in Winter's Bone, including nods for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award; she also won awards from several critics' groups, including the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and the Toronto Film Critics Association.

Acting, says Lawrence, with her characteristic self-deprecating humour, is the only thing she's good at. And she's known since she was a kid in grade school that it was her calling. "I'm so lucky," she says. "People are always asking me if I'm pinching myself because of the success of the Hunger Games or something, but honestly, friends my age are just now coming out of college and they're not sure what they want to do, and I've been blessed to simply know what I want to do for so long."

Lawrence even hustled her way through high school two years early to get to her goal. "Nobody wants to hire someone who's still in school, so I'd lock myself into my room and work for eight hours to get it done. I knew what I wanted. It was weird. I knew what I was made for, what I was meant to do with my life and I didn't want to let it go."

During a summer in New York when she was 14, Lawrence was "discovered" by an agent and a photographer; after that, she says, her parents made big sacrifices, including a move to Los Angeles, to help her achieve her acting ambitions. The actress, who went on to roles in X-Men: First Class, The Beaver, Like Crazy and The Hunger Games, says that now being in a position financially to do things for them is her greatest pleasure.

"It's a blessing. It's a wonderful feeling to know that after everything my parents sacrificed to get me to this place, I can now turn around and give them peace of mind and take care of whatever it is they want." Lawrence, a native of Louisville, Ky., is the youngest of three children. She obviously adores her two older brothers, one of whom is married and has a little boy. "My family is the reason I am where I am, and who I am, and my brothers are the most important people to me," she says. "One of my brothers has a baby, and to know I can help him pay for his school if he ever needs it "¦ And I've got another brother who loves to travel around the world, and I love that for Christmas I can surprise him with a flight to Australia or wherever he wants to go."

Being able to do things for all of them, says Lawrence, "Is the best thing that's ever happened to me in my entire life."

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