Picking up the award for Best Actress in a Comedy, the 22-year-old "Silver Linings Playbook" star delivered a speech that belied her young age.
"I beat Meryl!" Lawrence began in what some viewers thought was Meryl Streep diss, but was actually a reference to the 1996 film, "The First Wives Club."
“Once you were a terrific actress. You even got an Oscar to prove it.” Bette Midler's character says in the film, “‘I beat Meryl.’ That’s what it says.”
Some people didn't get the joke:
Words cannot express how much I LOVE Kristen Wiig. And no1 should ever mess with a legend, such as Meryl Streep— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) January 14, 2013
Hollywood took a collective gasp when Jennifer Lawrence made a joke about beating Meryl. You don't joke about Meryl! Everyone knows that.— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) January 14, 2013
"Jennifer Lawrence needs to teach a workshop," VH1 suggested. They've transcribed her entire speech here:
Oh, what does [this award] say, ‘I beat Meryl‘?
Jokes aside, I am so honored to be a part of this. David, thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance. There’s a reason why so many actors have thanked you from this stage. You are simply the best.
Bradley, you’re incredible, and you made me better every single day.
Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.
And the entire cast of this movie, you guys are the heartbeat of this film and it wouldn’t be the same without you guys. Because then there wouldn’t be a cast.
And I want to thank my family. Mom, people said you were crazy to believe in me, and you did it anyway. Dad, you taught me to laugh and that has been my salvation through all of this.
I want to thank my brothers, Ben and Blaine, I wouldn’t be who I am today without you being mean to me and then really supportive and loving, constantly.
CAA, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, IDPR, thank you.
Lawrence fans should also check out her similarly adorable acceptance speech at the Critics' Choice Awards