Oscars 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Leads Record-Breaking Nominees

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It’s the time of year again when golden statues are polished and prepared for this year’s Academy Awards. If all goes well, 2014 could even see some record-breaking wins this year, although many have been broken just via nominations. Most years have at least a few broken records, but you’d be amazed at how many there are to break.

One record in particular could go to to Jennifer Lawrence, star of the highly popular film adaption of the Hunger Games. Lawrence is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for American Hustle, and should she win it, she’ll be the first to have taken Oscars in two different categories in consecutive years, after having won Actress in a Leading Role for her part in Silver Linings Playbook.

In American Hustle, Lawrence played the wildcard wife of a con man genius, Irving Rosenfeld — played by Christian Bale, who is up for an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role — who is forced to take part in the FBI’s complex workings in New Jersey’s criminal syndicates and political workings. And while Lawrence was hardly the youngest winner for Actress in a Leading Role — she was 22 at the time — she is the youngest actor to be nominated for a third time, at the age of 23.

American Hustle joined a select group in gaining nominations in all four acting categories while also netting nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Writing for Original Screenplay. It is the second film to have done so, the other being Reds, in 1981. Even without Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, it’s only one of 15 films to be nominated for all four acting awards. David O. Russell is to be congratulated here as director, as it’s the second consecutive film of his to do so, the first being Silver Linings Playbook.

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