Jennifer looks set for another date with Oscar
Jennifer Lawrence might want to get to grips with climbing a steep set of stairs in sky-high heels.
The Hunger Games firecracker, who took an awkward tumble on her way to collecting last year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar, is being tipped as the front-runner to score the same award come February, after taking home the BSA statuette for American Hustle from the New York Film Critics Circle on Tuesday night.
Lawrence, who stars in David (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) Russell's edgy 70s con-caper alongside (a stupendously coiffed) Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner, defeated favourites including Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave) and Oprah (Lee Daniels' The Butler) for the honour widely viewed as a precursor to the Academy Awards.
American Hustle, which looks like the 2014 award season's dark horse, also landed Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
It opens stateside next week.
Other game-shifting winners from Tuesday night include Robert Redford (Best Actor for All Is Lost), Cate Blanchett (Best Actress for Blue Jasmine), Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club) and Steve McQueen (Best Director for 12 Years A Slave).
Fruitvale Station won Best First Film, while Blue Is the Warmest Color snagged Best Foreign Film.
Notably absent from the honour roll: Martin Scorsese's boisterously hyped The Wolf of Wall Street which, after multiple delays, has only just started screening for critics, which could explain the flurry of negative rumblings about the Leonardo DiCaprio-vehicle that runs a bum-numbing three hours.
GQ honours the 'babes'
Lawrence (can the backlash be far behind?) also made it onto GQ's 'Year in Babes' drool-fest, which singles out the 23-year-old actress for that Oscar mis-step with a nod to what they anoint the 'Sexiest Pratfall of the Year'.
Other ladies on the magazine's lust-list include Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss, who gets 'Foreign Accent of the Year' for her deft Kiwi delivery in the indie hit Top of the Lake, and Masters of Sex newbie Lizzy Caplan who is lauded as 'Crush of the Year'.
Emily Ratajkowski, who sizzles through Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video, tops the editor's choice and Rihanna is named 'Queen of the Thirst Trap' for 'the act of disingenuously posting sexy photos'.
Keri Russell (The American's) and Kerry Washington (Scandal) beat out Claire Danes (Homeland,) Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Lena Dunham (Girls) to share an award for their 'a-little-bit-broken, a-lotta-bit-badass' characters in the 'Hot-Flawed-Female Leads of the Year' category, while Robin Wright also makes the cut as 'TV Wife of the Year' for her turn as the hard-hearted Claire Underwood in the binge-viewing-blockbuster House of Cards, which Netflix just announced will be back for a second season starting, natch, on February 14.
GOP need to up the ante
Whether she runs or not, Hillary Clinton has a lot to answer for. Like forcing the boys in the GOP club to think about what female voters might want from government and, well, figure out how to up their performance.
A year after Obama trounced Mitt Romney on the pink ballot, House Speaker John Boehner says he believes the the Republican party is making progress toward appealing to women voters but, he ruefully admitted, they still have a way to go.
"We're trying to get them to be a little more sensitive," Boehner said of his fellow Republicans at a press conference on Thursday.
"You know, you look around the Congress, there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican conference.
"And some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be."
Boehner and his suddenly sensitive cronies, who might be feeling pressure due to the fact that there are an estimated 10 races in which male House Republican incumbents are being challenged by female Democratic candidates, may not listen to advice from Politico.com ("Quickly: Compliment her shoes, ask whether she's Team Peeta or Team Gale, promise not to legislate her ovaries") but they probably couldn't help but hear White House press secretary Jay Carney's sarcastic reaction to their game-plan during his daily briefing later on Thursday.
Suggesting that the GOP is going to need more than talking points if they want to win over women, Carney recommended they man-up and stop trying to repeal Obamacare, which prohibits insurance companies charging women double for health insurance policies that men receive.
"The problem that Republicans have had with women isn't about language," he declared. "It's about policies." Ouch.
Kate's US appeal dims
New York's fashion media elite, who take their hair as seriously as their Royals, sound a little bit over America's one-time top covergirl Kate Middleton.
Following last week's revelations about Kate's recent six-hour $984 make-over hairdo which made an impressive splash stateside, the style scribes at New York magazine declared themselves "not underwhelmed or overwhelmed...just whelmed," by the Kate's London red-carpet appearance on Thursday night.
Unimpressed by the recycled Rouland Mouret dress or the thrifty $35 Zara necklace, NYC's style-thought leaders instead focused on what they gently described as a low-slung, droopy ponytail.
Then they let loose.
"It looks like a frizz-free version of the ponytail you wear in a low-impact exercise class like Pilates, with a weird amount of volume in the lower back," noted one, plaintively adding: "There are just so many better options for her to choose from...Please, for the love of God, bring back that tiara."