Every GIF-master on the planet exclaimed "Yes!" when Jennifer Lawrence had a little trouble getting to the stage to accept her Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook," a humbling flourish made even all the more (unintentionally) humorous by the standing ovation that followed.
A rattled and breathless Lawrence took it pretty much in stride, as she had better things to do than be embarrassed by a brief run-in with gravity: namely, delivering her Oscar acceptance speech.
"Thank you to the Academy, and thank you to the women this year, you were so magnificent and sp inspiring," said the ever-charming Lawrence after the audience took their seats. "And thank you to the producing team -- Bruce [Cohen], Donna [Gigliotti], Jon [Gordon] ... and Bradley [Cooper] and our entire cast -- Chris [Tucker], Jacki [Weaver], Bob [De Niro] and our crew."
Lawrence closed her speech with birthday greetings to fellow nominee Emmanuelle Riva and a final "Thank you so much! Thanks!"
That's a pretty coherent list for a young up-and-comer who was probably in shock that she beat the likes of Riva, Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain -- and who less than a minute earlier kind of blew her entrance. But it's not exactly complete.
Lawrence has since realized that she forgot to thank her director, David O. Russell, who's arguably the man most responsible for guiding her through that Oscar-winning performance. She also forgot to thank Harvey Weinstein, the man who got the money to make the movie in the first place. She has looked to correct this oversight with an official P.S. issued to Entertainment Weekly:
In the whirlwind of last night, I was remiss to thank two incredibly important people to this film and in my life.
David O. Russell: Thank you for the most incredible experience of my life. Thank you for your genius, for your guidance, for teaching me things about myself and nurturing me to be a better actor. You have so much passion and such a bleeding heart, you believe not only in your films but what your films can do for people and that is the most important thing that I have learned from you.
Harvey Weinstein: You championed this movie and its story from early days. Your passion and unyielding support gave this film the opportunity to thrive and touch so many people.
Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank -- your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!"
The use of the term "brain fart," of course, makes all the difference. We're sure all is forgiven.
It isn't often that someone forgets to thank Harvey Weinstein in an acceptance speech (whether he had anything to do with the film in question or not), as the mega-producer is known for being one of the most feared and, uh, persuasive men in Hollywood. However, as he's also known for being rather fond of his young stars (especially the female ones), we're sure Lawrence gets a pass, with or without the post-show P.S.
Lawrence has probably since thanked Russell in person as well, as she and Bradley Cooper are currently in pre-production on the director's next film, formerly titled "American Bulls**t." She'll next be seen on screen in "Serena" (also co-starring Cooper), opening September 27, and in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," opening November 22.
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