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The actress was up against Melissa McCarthy (Spy), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) and Lily Tomlin (Grandma) for the award.
Michael Keaton presented the Globe to Lawrence, who began by thanking director David O. Russell, whom she previously worked with on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
“Every time I’m up here, it is because of you. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for your brilliance. Thank you for teaching me so much, professionally, personally,” the actress said. “Your love of cinema is so pure, and you’re so untainted by all of this. You make movies like you don’t even care if anyone ever sees them. And your heart — I mean that as a compliment. I just heard it and [gestures to her head, questioning the sentiment]. But really it’s such a good, pure thing.”
Lawrence continued by thanking Joy Mangano (whose story Joy is loosely based upon) and her family and giving a shoutout to her hometown of Kentucky.
She ended her speech by again spotlighting Russell: “I love you. I want us to be buried next to each other. I really do.” (During THR‘s Actress Roundtable, Lawrence praised the director, calling their partnership “incredible.” “I want to work with him until one of us dies,” she said.)
Close friend and fellow nominee Amy Schumer gave Lawrence a standing ovation after she was announced the winner.
Ricky Gervais hosted the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10.
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