It’s looking like there’s so much momentum on Jennifer Lawrence’s side, it’s hard to imagine someone coming in and swooping the race away from her. The only thing that could be counted as a negative for her is age – Lawrence is still incredibly young and despite already being nominated two years ago, doesn’t have the years of experience and maturity that her competitors in the category have. These competitors in the Best Actress category will likely include Marion Cotillard for ‘Rust and Bone’, Helen Mirren for ‘Hitchcock’, and Jessica Chastain for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’.
However, despite the competition and the age factor, Lawrence is still the front-runner for the win, and her peers agree that her acting talent and personality are charming Oscar voters everywhere.
Bradley Cooper [in an interview with USA Today] said of her, "She doesn't seem like an actor. She's not narcissistic and it's not all about her. Even in the midst of promoting a movie, she's the same wherever she is, which is awesome. She makes you happy no matter what. She spreads happiness wherever she is. She's got her priorities. She gets it and knows what's important. You meet her parents and you know why right away. She keeps her family close to her."
Her Hunger Games co-star Woody Harrelson agrees, saying, “I think it has to do with the way a person was raised. She was raised well. Her folks are really cool. A lot of times when people lose their head when they get famous, it's because they're insecure. She's not insecure. You'd think arrogance comes from thinking too much of themselves. But it comes from thinking too little. She doesn't need to put on any airs. Her folks, her family, are all very important to her and she's always including them in her life. Her friends are really cool people. She's got her head screwed on pretty good."