Jennifer Lawrence Hosted Maybe the Worst ‘SNL’ of the Season [Video]

Jennifer Lawrence kicked off Saturday Night Live’s 2013 by putting her fellow best actress Oscar nominees in their places.

SNL gave news junkies what they wanted in its cold open, tackling not one, not two, but three of the week’s big stories. Lance Armstrong, Notre Dame star Manti Te’o and Jodie Foster’s much-talked about Golden Globes speech got the SNL treatment.

Continuing her week in the spotlight, Jennifer Lawrence tried her hand at hosting “Saturday Night Live,” and the comedic odds were certainly in her favor, although the whole show was quite a mess.

However, it was no Oscar-worthy performance. One should be skilled at stand-up and Jennifer came across as a little stilted and high-school speechy, but also genuine and game.

Lawrence herself got better and better as the episode progressed, shedding the nervousness that seemed to plague her during her opening monologue.

But the material she was given didn’t follow the same arc — especially the weak sketches that followed a curiously shortened Weekend Update.

If nothing else, at least “Update” was loose. Meyers and Moynihan (as Anthony Crispino) seemed to be having a genuinely nice time

The “Silver Linings Playbook” starlet began her opening monologue addressing the Meryl Streep comment once again, but also playfully bashed all of the other Oscar contenders in her category, says the NY Daily News.

Lawrence seemed a little uncomfortable with the premise, but some of her jokes landed well — like this dig at Quvenzhané Wallis: “The alphabet called. They want their letters back.”

She said about Jessica Chastain, actress of Zero Dark Thirty: “Well, well, well. Look who it is. Jessica Chastain? More like Jessica Chast-ain’t winning an Oscar on my watch.”

But don’t be hasty with those torches and pitchforks. Lawrence followed up each dig with something nice about her competitors.

A fake Starbucks commercial that was sort of funny and also sort of racist. The movie parodies that came next were not that bad: sharp, but little muddled.

The sketch on “Hunger Games Press Conference” was really good, but rather predictable. Lawrence took on The Hunger Games in a sketch taking place after Katniss and Peeta win the games.

ESPN-style journalists ask tough questions about the franchise and the sketch itself asks why the characters in a movie called The Hunger Games look so well fed.

A pre-taped dig at The Hobbit was much more successful. Taking fun of the first film’s tedium or how silly it is to split The Hobbit into multiple movies isn’t exactly the height of originality — but even so, the sketch’s specific, relatable jokes.

Musical guests The Lumineers did their folksy thing on a stage filled with old-timey lamps, playing polished versions of their singalong hits “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love.”

Lawrence was relegated to sidekick status in a number of sketches, playing the intern on an obnoxious morning radio show in one bit and the sex kitten in an odd foreign language scene in another.

Likewise, the episode’s final sketch sees Lawrence play a Civil War-era woman pining for her soldier suitor. While she writes him flowery dispatches, he composes letters using modern slang, writes the Hollywood Reporter.

Will hosting “SNL” hurt Lawrence’s Oscar chances?

It certainly didn’t help. But maybe that doesn’t matter all that much to the 22-year-old star of a half-billion dollar franchise with an enormous and faithful fan-base that chuckled at all her jokes (if their parents allowed them to stay up that late).

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