Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway are going home with Golden Globe awards in their respective categories this evening, but that is where the resemblance ends. The two women found themselves in competition with veteran actors whose talents are undeniable: Meryl Streep and Sally Field.
But how they accepted those kudos very publicly showed the world how much of a class act one was, and one definitely was not.
Lawrence no sooner got on stage when she blurted out, "I beat Meryl!" There was very definitely nervous laughter in the audience, and while Lawrence continued making pithy remarks and some jokes, there was no doubt in anyone's mind, including possibly hers, that she should not have made that statement.
Within moments of one another, Hathaway accepted her own award, quickly and graciously acknowledging all the other actors in the category, and most notably, the veteran Field, whom she called "a vanguard against typecasting." Hathaway noted that Field had begun with what many considered a lightweight role for a woman actor, and managed to obtain increasingly complex and deep character roles as their careers went forward.
"Because," said Hathaway, "as the girl who started as the Princess of Genovia, I can't tell you how encouraging it was to know that the Flying Nun grew up to be Norma Rae and grew up to be Mama Gump and grew up to be Mary Todd Lincoln."
Anne Hathaway received a Golden Globe tonight. Jennifer Lawrence just laid a golden egg.
Amen, and pass the mustard,