On our list of 12 Celebs Who Dominated 2012, we’ve had stars who earned heaps of critical praise for their work; who garnered awards nods left and right; who found massive followings of fans; and who graced the covers of our favorite magazines in fashions high and low — but very few have done all of the above the way Jennifer Lawrence did. She started off the year as the star of a highly anticipated franchise aimed at teen girls, The Hunger Games, and she’s finishing as an awards-show favorite for her very grown-up role in Silver Linings Playbook. Along the way, she’s charmed us with her self-deprecating interviews the way Katniss never quite could for Caesar Flickerman.
Dominating Moment: As the Girl Who Was on Fire, Lawrence drew a whole lot more than teen girls to the theaters to watch her battle other kids to the death in The Hunger Games. The movie had the biggest ever opening weekend for March, and went on to rank as the third biggest movie of the year, behind behemoths The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. She also managed to follow that up with a little horror flick, House at the End of the Street, and a heartbreakingly funny role as the widow helping Bradley Cooper get his life back on track through ballroom dancing in Silver Linings Playbook, earning herself a Golden Globe nod.
Dominating in Magazines: Not only was the 22-year-old wowing us on the red carpet, she was gracing magazine covers left and right — showing she could look just as stunning in high fashion as she could in a skintight T-shirt. But while she was looking super hot in photos, her self-deprecating interviews are what really won us over, as she described her nights in with boyfriend Nicholas Hoult and decried the ridiculous body image standards of Hollywood.
Best Appearances: More than once, we’ve been inspired to gather lists of JLaw’s awesomely humble quotes, but our favorite recent interview was when she visited the Tonight Show and described getting a lap dance by an old stripper dressed as Bo Peep.
What We Expect From Her in 2013: First off, we’re hoping she nabs an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings, following up her nod in 2010 for Winter’s Bone. She recently reteamed with Cooper for Serena, in which they play a husband and wife building a timber empire in 1929. And then there’s that little movie coming out in November called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s safe to assume she’ll be dominating next year too.
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