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Ben Affleck might be on the cover of our Entertainers of the Year issue, but there’s a case to be made that Jennifer Lawrence could take him in a street fight. The 22-year-old (22!) actress from Kentucky anchored her first franchise when she nimbly picked up Katniss Everdeen’s bow in The Hunger Games, thrilling Suzanne Collins’ discerning fans with her equal parts fierce and tender performance. And then, in a graceful return to her indie roots, Lawrence delivered a bravura performance playing Tiffany, a damaged young woman who refuses to apologize for her messiness, in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. »

- Karen Valby

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