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Shelby County may be getting close to having ties to an Academy Award-winning tie – however nebulous.
Louisville-raised Jennifer Lawrence, one of the award season’s most-decorated actors and a second-time nominee for the Oscar for Best Actress, does not quite call Shelby County home, but she has spent many carefree summer days at Camp Hi-Ho, a facility her family owns in Todds Point.
That’s a lot closer to Eastwood than Hollywood, but on Sunday, she will for the second time in three years be facing four other actors and hoping to walk off with the big prize during the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Camp Hi Ho is a summer camp for kids 5 to 13 years old and includes the typical camp activities, such as swimming, horseback riding, boating, water sports, archery and more. Lawrence frequently spent time there during her teen years.
Now if you call the camp’s phone number, you will get her brother, Blaine Lawrence, who will tell you very quickly how proud he is as his sister.
The Lawrences have been right there with her for all of her successes – she has been very decorated for her acting these past three years – and Blaine Lawrence said Wednesday that he and other family members were with Lawrence at her home in California, getting ready for the big evening.
“We’re all really excited for her; we just can’t wait,” he said.
Jennifer is the daughter of Karen and Gary Lawrence. She went to school in Jefferson County and graduated early in order to pursue acting.
And this award stuff is definitely getting to be old hat to Lawrence, 22, who was nominated in 2011 for her leading role in Winter’s Bone, a film for which she won the Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and a SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) Award in 2010. She also won the 2013 Critics Choice Award for The Hunger Games.
Her nomination Sunday night is for her leading role in Silver Linings Playbook, a film for which she already has won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, among numerous other smaller awards and nominations.
Lawrence, who also had roles as Mystique in X-Men, co-stars with Bradley Cooper in the film, a romantic comedy about a man who has just gotten out of a mental institution who is trying to reconcile with his ex-wife, when he meets “Tiffany,” played by Lawrence.
The film, featuring Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver in supporting roles, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2012 and was released in the United States in November.
The film has received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for David Russell, and four acting nominations, with Lawrence earning a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy.
So who is Lawrence up against Sunday night?
Only Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Naomi Watts for The Impossible.