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Friday, February 22, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence's Big Oscar Night Approaches; Chart the past month of Oscar jockeying and how the Academy's Directing nom snub of Ben Affleck for Argo has created sympathy and even more momentum for the film to win Best Picture, while simultaneously creating a plausible scenario for a Wild Card in Directing, or even a surprise in another category, which is why Hollywood studios are spending lavishly to sway those fickle last-minute Academy voters; Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence continues to make people go gag-ga and get weak in the knees, #jenniferlawrence

thewrapnews YouTube Channel video: TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman talks with Oscar columnist Steve Pond about the 85th Annual Academy Awards and how the results of the Producers Guild and SAG Awards have only increased the momentum for 'Argo'; the year of waiting patiently is over as Kevin Tsujihara is officially named new Warner Bros. CEO. Uploaded January 28, 2013. http://youtu.be/URJjo170GTE

thewrapnews YouTube Channel video: TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman talks with Oscar columnist Steve Pond about the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Uploaded February 18, 2013. http://youtu.be/jX9EWpzB-Wc

Is this the year that Steven Spielberg's actually loses the Best Director Oscar that's been thought by some in the know to be his for the taking for 'Lincoln' in the closing days to Ang Lee for 'Life of Pi' or David O. Russell for 'Silver Linings Playbook," perhaps in part due to the continuing national controversy over the historical accuracy of the film?

And to repeat a question that hasn't been asked in a few years, "Did it [Argo] direct itself?"

The glaring hole created by Ben Affleck being ignored for directing Best Picture nominee 'Argo' has not only created a vacuum for a Wild Card to emerge in that category, but also one to emerge in another category, and Hollywood studios have been quick to seize the opportunity, engaging in very heavy  spending -even by their own standards- for paid print and display ads in industry trade mags and time on local Los Angeles TV stations.

I'm told that the half-hour paid studio ads that ran at 7:30 Pacific, following the SOTU last week, did huge numbers, relative to what you might think, and that people in the industry were literally dumbfounded when they saw the reports with the raw data.
And that doesn't even include what Warner Bros. did...

WB buys half-hour in prime time to promote Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

The pride of a Lou-a-vull - Jennifer Lawrence
She will win the Oscar on Sunday night for Silver Linings Playbook

Louisville Courier-Journal
The Buzz 
Louisville's Jennifer Lawrence lands GQ
April 19, 2011
Photo gallery includes many photos you've never seen before 

thewrapnews YouTube Channel video: Jennifer Lawrence OscarWrap Cover Shoot. Uploaded February 17, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlAcXFIC6gE
Cover shot from above is here: http://www.thewrap.com/oscarwrap2013

In Sweden, they love Jennifer Lawrence so much that repeats of the forgettable WTBS-TV sit-com she did a few years ago, The Bill Engvall Show, actually airs Monday thru Friday in the morning, as I discovered when I was in Stockholm for eight days last month.

I don't think they even repeat that show HERE!

I'd never seen the show when it originally aired from 2007-'09, and was flipping thru the channels one morning in my hotel room during a commercial break during the national news.

I kept flipping until I stopped when I saw the familiar face and taut figure of a younger JL playing the role of -wait for it- young teen daughter.

And, of course, she'd been on the cover of the February Vanity Fair I read aboard SAS while en route to the capital of Scandinavia.

Video: Behind-the-scenes of Vanity Fair photo cover shoot with photographer Ellen von Unwerth: Jennifer Lawrence’s Sexy New York–Skyline Shoot 
Warning: Intense! You may need to sit down so you don't faint!

JL articles in Vanity Fair


TheWrap's YouTube Channel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/thewrapnews 

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