When the trailers start rolling for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” they will have to start billing Jennifer Lawrence as “Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence.”
And if she can somehow overcome a rather eclectic field of competition for Best Actress in a Leading Role at this year’s Oscars, they may have to advertise her as an Academy Award winner.
Lawrence, who exploded into popularity first with “X-Men: First Class” in 2011 and then “The Hunger Games” this past year, is now on the biggest stage of them all after earning a nomination for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Written and directed by David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook” is a comedy that also stars Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, about trying to find a way to save a marriage through after a trip in a mental hospital.
If Lawrence wins, it would be an extraordinary feat, considering the competition. Also up is the critically acclaimed Jessica Chastain for the somewhat non-fiction “Zero Dark Thirty” along with Emmanuelle Riva, the very young Quyenzhane Wallis and Naomi Watts.
This is actually Lawrence’s second Oscar nomination, getting her first in 2011 for the Irish drama “Winter’s Bone.” The Oscar that year instead went to Natalie Portman for “Black Swan.”
It would be tough to say that genre films were not forgotten this year because, to be honest, they were. The only real standout was “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which earned just three nods, all in technical categories. It’s up for makeup and hairstyling, production design and visual effects.
And it has some strong competition in visual effects, going up against “The Avengers,” “Prometheus” and “Snow White & the Huntsman” for that category.
“Snow White” got two nods of its own, the second for costume design, which is shared with its somewhat like-minded counterpart, “Mirror Mirror.”
Awards will be handed out Feb. 24 on ABC.