American Hustle’s David O Russell: Jennifer Lawrence is daring, inspiring and fearless

The American Hustle director says he is proud of his "collaborator and friend" Lawrence, who won best supporting actress at tonight's Bafta ceremony

It’s no surprise that Bafta-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and director David O Russell get on well. The 55-year-old filmmaker has cast her in his last two movies – Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle – and is set to work with the 23-year-old star on another “amazing story” next year.


At the 2014 Bafta Film ceremony in London tonight, Russell was even on hand to accept Lawrence’s award for best supporting actress – and open up about just how proud he is of her… 

“I’m very very proud of Jennifer and I’m proud to call her my collaborator and my friend,” Russell said.”I’m very proud that she dove into this. She’s fearless.”

“It’s a partnership that I cherish and hope to carry into the future,” he continued, saying: “She’s very daring and inspiring – she’s special. I appreciate that Bafta recognised her.”

Lawrence has numerous accolades to her name – and after winning a best actress Oscar last year for Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, she could just be poised to win another this year. But Russell insisted that recognition at awards ceremonies isn’t the most important thing about making films. 

“You can’t really pay attention to the awards. The awards are a great honour that inspire you but you should never let your head go up your arse. You’ve got to remember you can fail at any moment,” he said.

Jennifer Lawrence won best supporting actress at tonight’s Bafta ceremony for her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in David O Russell’s American Hustle.