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On Saturday night, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented Jennifer Lawrence, 22, with the fest’s Outstanding Performer of the Year award. But first she had to submit to a grilling by Sbiff executive director Roger Durling, who described Lawrence’s performances, from Lori Petty’s “The Poker House” to Oscar-nominated “Silver Linings Playbook,” as “filled with electric energy and vitality.” In short, “calling Jennifer Lawrence a star is doing her a disservice," he said. "She’s a supernova!” Durling compared her performance as the high-strung, straight-talking Tiffany in David O. Russell’s movie to Carole Lombard in “My Man Godfrey,” Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall” and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night,” stressing her screwball-comedy sensibility and timing. “In ‘Silver Linings PlaybookJennifer Lawrence delivers a »

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