I actually screamed when this one was announced. It was seemingly a battle between Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Lawrence prevailed, earning the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress. As she made her way to the stage, poor Jennifer - on one of the happiest nights of her life - fell on the stairs. Hugh Jackman and Jean Dujardin were among the men who rushed to help her, and she received a standing ovation from her peers once she was on center stage.
"You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell, and that's really embarrassing - but thank you," said Lawrence, clearly emotional and clutching her Oscar. "This is nuts! Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year. You were so magnificent and so inspiring, and not just those of you in my category. And it's been so amazing getting to know you. You've been so nice and you've made this experience unforgettable."
She went on to thank the producing team, the cast, and her family. She was clearly overwhelmed by the honor.
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