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‘Today’ names actress Jennifer Lawrence 2013 celebrity of the year

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Finishing out 2013 with film releases of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and “American Hustle," Today named the now 23-year-old Lawrence its 2013 celebrity of the year on Dec. 30.

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence began 2013 at 22-years-old and starring in the film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which earned her numerous accolades, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award, and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress. Lawrence was the youngest person to ever be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and the second-youngest Best Actress winner.

It's hard to root against Lawrence, 23, as we head into the new year and another round of Golden Globes and Oscars and more. Her refreshingly frank demeanor throughout last year's trophy season has us hoping we get to watch her stumble up to the stage more than once in 2014.

Jennifer Lawrence tripped up the stairs at the Oscars, and said a standing ovation was only because everyone felt bad that she fell.

The post-apocalyptic “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the second in the film series starring Lawrence, opened to critical acclaim and has thus far earned over $795 million.

Lawrence is also receiving high praises for her supporting performance in “American Hustle,” a film taking place in the late 1970s in which Lawrence plays the wife of actor Christian Bale’s character.

Many still remember with great fondness Lawrence performing as one of the cast from TV’s “The Bill Engvall Show,” which aired from 2007 – 2009, and her portrayal as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique in the 2011 X-Men prequel “X-Men: First Class.”

Jennifer will be reprising her role as Raven in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” scheduled for release in May, 2014.

“Today” got it right.

For more insights on the lovable Jennifer Lawrence, see the video accompanying this article, “32 Times We Wished Jennifer Lawrence Was Our Best Friend In 2013.”

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