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No, this isn't a remake of Madonna's rom-com "Who's That Girl?" (1987), it's "The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, vamping it up for last night's Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her buzzy new film, "Silver Linings Playbook."
Lawrence looked nothing like the stunner who made everyone say, "Who's THAT girl?" while walking the 2011 Academy Awards Red Carpet (above right), when she was nominated for her lead role in "Winter's Bone" (2010). On that red carpet, then 20-year-old Lawrence stole many a headline while rocking a Fancisco Costa designed Calvin Klein Collection gown that made Jessica Rabbit look frumpy.
In Toronto, Lawrence's look was… well, different. In fact, she's nearly unrecognizable! We're not saying she doesn't look amazing and elegant in her mostly-crimson, somewhat gothic, strapless Christian Dior Haute Couture gown and Dior black shoes, but Lawrence does look significantly more severe. The pencil-straight auburn hair stands out in sharp contrast to her easy, breezy, carefree blonde waves we've gotten used to. And the dark makeup and fingernails gravely accentuate the striking difference.
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Perhaps Lawrence's new dramatic look is an early marketing push to land her an Oscar? There is certainly plenty of Oscar worthy buzz surrounding the quirky dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook," directed by David O. Russell and co-starring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro. Lawrence and Cooper play two messed up, over medicated, therapy magnets who come together in hopes of finding some sanity in this crazy world, or at least some good company.
The Hollywood Reporter gushed over the film, especially over Lawrence and Cooper's obvious synergy: "The chemistry between Cooper and Lawrence makes them a delight to watch, their spiky rapport failing to conceal a mutual attraction."
Deadline notes the film "will almost certainly put stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro all in major contention for acting nominations. In fact, in what has previously looked like a pretty weak field for lead actress this year, Lawrence leaps to the front of the pack with a revelatory performance that seemed to knock most observers out."
That's high praise for sure. While you may have to wait for "Silver Linings Playbook" to hit local theaters November 21st in order to judge Lawrence's Oscar chances, you don't have to wait to let us know which of her dynamically different looks you prefer most.
Watch the trailer for 'Silver Linings Playbook':
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