Louisville native's film career continues to soar with Golden Globe nomination

Ben Lawrence
Ben Lawrence
Blaine Lawrence
Blaine Lawrence

By Jean West - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Sunday night was a big night for Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence, who was in the company of Hollywood royalty as a nominee for best actress at the Golden Globes.

Jennifer stars in the independent film "Winter's Bone" - a drama set in the Ozarks of Missouri in the shadow of poverty and drug abuse. Jennifer plays Ree, a strong, courageous young woman tasked with saving her home. We had a chance to talk with Jennifer's two brothers who live here in Louisville.

"It was bitterly cold and they did not have a huge budget, she was working about 18 hours a day, tired and cold, I think that ties into the authenticity of the film too because their characters were real and they were really cold and really tired and worn out, that's how life is in the Ozarks," says Blaine Lawrence.

"It's amazing to turn on the news to see her being mentioned with Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman," said Jennifer's older brother, Ben. "Just to be in that category is something I never dreamed of and I'm sure she didn't either when it all began."

Even teachers and staff at the last school Jennifer attended here in Louisvillle - Kamerer Middle - are thrilled, but not surprised by her success.

Kevin DeCoste was Jennifer's eighth grade math teacher.

"The experience for me was very interesting because having had her as a student and then seeing her on the screen you can see this amazing talent that she had because she transforms herself from this eighth grade student that I knew to this incredible strong and powerful individual. It was just amazing to watch," Kevin said.

Jennifer is already getting Oscar buzz for her role in "Winter's Bone," and she just finished filming the latest movie in the "X-Men" series, which is sure to make her a household name.

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