Oscars 2013: Jennifer Lawrence Wins Best Actress, Falls on Stage [Video]

“Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence has triumphed in Hollywood’s big games, winning the best-actress Academy Award as a damaged soul in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Lawrence took a fall on her way to the stage, tripping on the steps.

Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress winner at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

Lawrence’s Best Actress Oscar win was the first of her career. She earned the award for playing Tiffany, a young widow, in the romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook.” Also nominated in the category were Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”), Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”).

Many observers believed the Best Actress race was down to Lawrence and Riva going into Sunday, with Chastain a distant third. Lawrence won Best Actress at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, but Riva won at the BAFTAs. Riva, 86, and Wallis, 9, are the oldest and youngest Oscar nominees in the category’s history, respectively.

Jennifer Lawrence had an award-worthy performance – and that was just after her mishap on her way up to the podium at the Oscars.

The “Silver Linings Playbook” star tripped on the train of her Dior Haute Couture dress as she climbed the stairs after being announced as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

Lawrence, 22, brushed it off and the audience gave her a standing ovation when she finally reached the podium.

“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell,” she joked in her acceptance speech. “That’s really embarrassing.”

When asked what happened, Lawrence told the Academy backstage: “What do you mean, what happened? Look at my dress.  I tried to walk up stairs in this dress.  That’s what happened. I think I just stepped on the fabric and they waxed the stairs.”

This is not the first time the star stumbled at an award show, she had a waldrobe malfunction when the lining from her navy Dior dress was exposed as she walked up to accept her SAG Award last month.

Lawrence has had a case of loose lips as she’s made her way down the awards trail this year. She raised eyebrows when she said, “Look, it says, ‘I beat Meryl,'” after she received the Golden Globe for lead actress in a motion picture comedy or musical.

Meryl Streep won the 2012 Best Actress award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady.”

“My biggest fear is speaking publicly,” said the lead actress nominee for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

“I’m so nervous about presenting, I’m trying not to think about what I would say if I won.”

The Oscars are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which separates the Academy Awards from other award shows, which are either voted on by the press (Critic’s Choice Awards, the Golden Globes) or members of a specific profession (Screen Actors Guild Awards, Directors Guild Awards and Writers Guild Awards), writes the Huff Post.

Seth MacFarlane hosted this year’s telecast. James Bond, a “Chicago” reunion, a “Les Miserables” medley, performances by Adele and Barbra Streisand and even Ted were all a part of this year’s program and reflected the producers’ plan to “trim the fat” from what has been sometimes been criticized as a painfully long and slow ritual.

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