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Continuing her run on what looks to be another profitable awards season, Jennifer Lawrence was named Outstanding Performer of the Year by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Tuesday.

The actress was given the award for her work this year on both The Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games (although the snub for her work on the brilliant House at the End of the Street may provide catalyst for a Citizen Kane-esque uproar in the industry). Past recipients of the honor include Colin Firth, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger and Viola Davis. The award has been noted in past years to be given to actors with a balanced amount of commercial and critical success, and Lawrence is continuing the tradition quite well.

Lawrence is widely considered the frontrunner this year for Best Actress (partly due to lack of major competition; ironically there was so much of it last year that had their films been released a year later the likes of Viola Davis, Michelle Williams and Glenn Close could certainly be walking away with an Oscar next February) although also facing some heat (albeit a considerably small amount) from Mary Elizabeth-Winstead, Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts.

Do you think Lawrence can win an Oscar this year?

Festival director Roger Durling stated that “Ms. Lawrence impressed us earlier this year in The Hunger Games, but has now left us moonstruck with her career-defining performance in Silver Linings Playbook – recalling classic turns by Lombard, Stanwyck and Colbert. Naming her our Outstanding Performer of the Year is an understatement.”

Most awards committees seem eager to add Lawrence to the repertoire because of her level of box office success and praise among critics. In addition to being the second youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, the Academy governors also had her co-present the Oscar nominees back in January, further associating her among the gold.

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  • Gary65

    I haven’t seen House at the End of the Street but I assume that you’re joking, considering that it has an 11% rating on RT.

  • KleppMelk

    Haven’t seen her in anything else than Hunger Games and X-Men. But I thought her performance in both was great, and I would like to see more of her movies. So glad she is getting this kind of recognition.

    • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

      you’ve gotta watch winter’s bone! she is sooooo good in that.

    • RabbitRabbit

      and you have to watch the poker house.
      (warning, it’s pretty intense and a hard watch)

  • RabbitRabbit

    What’s a “Citizen Kane-esque uproar” ??

    • Savannah

      When Citizen Kane came out it wasn’t very well receipted but is now regarded by many as the greatest film of all time. Basically, a film that was unappreciated in it’s release but as time went by was considered to be a great film.

    • Jason

      When Citizen Kane lost the Best Picture Oscar to How Green Was My Valley in 1942, it was notoriously considered the biggest Oscar snub of all time (and I was joking about House at the End of the Street).

      • RabbitRabbit

        Thanks :)

  • Julie L

    I’ve seen the Silver Linings Playbook and she is amazing. Tiffany is a really difficult part to translate from book to screen, but I think Jennifer Lawrence did it perfectly! I really think she deserves the Oscar.

    But even if she doesn’t win this year, it’s only a matter of time. Critics and mainstream alike adore her. I can’t wait to see her give an acceptance speech. That will be hysterical.

  • Jill

    She really does deserve all the awards she can get. she’s an amazing actress and I just love watching her on the screen. I’d drop dead if I met her in person.

  • http://twitter.com/Factuality Factuality

    What an amazing thing to have two seasons of Oscar attention at such a young age! She really has a gift.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

    Wouldn’t Anne Hathaway be a serious Oscar contender too? Les Miserables, helloooo. . . .

    And Jennifer Lawrence is truly gifted! Love her

    • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

      Anne will probably be nominated for Best Supporting ACtress. Fantine isnt in the story enough to be a leading role. but they might add her in more scenes in order to change that

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