Oscars 2013: Jennifer Lawrence takes home the prize for best actress

The 22-year-old's turn as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook has earned her a coveted Academy Award

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Oscars 2013: Jennifer Lawrence takes home the prize for best actress
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Susanna Lazarus

Jennifer Lawrence has won the Oscar for best actress at this year's Academy Awards.

The 22-year-old actress - whose turn as recent widow Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook has also seen her pick up the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards - dramatically fell over on her way to collect her award. 

Accepting her statue from last year's best actor winner Jean Dujardin she exclaimed to the audience, "You guys are only standing up because you feel bad I fell," before announcing, "This is nuts".

Lawrence then went on to thank the Academy, her producing team, her co-star Bradley Cooper and her family. 

Silver Linings Playbook has enjoyed a successful awards season, winning accolades at the Baftas, Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Directed by David O Russell, the dark romantic comedy follows bipolar teacher Pat (Cooper), who after a stint in a mental institution attempts to patch things up with his ex-wife, but things get more challenging when he meets troubled widow Tiffany. 

Jennifer Lawrence beat Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain, Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis, The Impossible's Naomi Watts and Amour's Emmanuelle Riva to the top prize.

Lawrence first burst onto the Hollywood scene earlier last year when she played the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins' popular fantasy trilogy.

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