LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE/AP) – It's a big night in Hollywood for Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence was named Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the 2013 Golden Globes for her role in the oddball romance Silver Linings Playbook.
She beat veteran actresses Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Emily Blunt in the category.
Last week, Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award for the same role.
Lawrence plays a troubled widow in a shaky new relationship in Silver Linings Playbook. The Globe winners in musical or comedy categories often aren't factors at the Oscars, which tend to favor heavier dramatic roles.
But Silver Linings Playbook is a crowd-pleasing comic drama with deeper themes than the usual comedy. And Lawrence - a 2010 Oscar nominee for her breakout film Winter's Bone who shot to superstardom with "The Hunger Games" - delivers a nice mix of humor and melancholy in the film.
"What does this say? I beat Meryl," Lawrence joked as she looked at her award, referring to fellow nominee and multiple Globe winner Meryl Streep. Lawrence went on to thank her mother for believing in her and her father for making her maintain a sense of humor.