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Some may have feigned shock at Jennifer Lawrence's best actress Oscar win, but Hollywood has been seriously smitten with her for a while now – and it's easy to see why

To win a best actress Oscar is an achievement at any age. To do so at 22 is remarkable. To do so at 22 for a role in a romcom is amazing. To do so when your competition includes an ailing legend of French cinema celebrating her 86th birthday on the day of the ceremony is, frankly, suspicious.

And yet, although news of Jennifer Lawrence's win on Sunday night was greeted with slack jaws and apple-cart metaphors, Lawrence actually went into the ceremony as bookies' favourite. She was the stealth dead-cert: likely to get the most votes not on account of any sense of a sympathy or pity, or even because Academy members felt she was the most skilled of the bunch. »

- Catherine Shoard

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