No One Had More Fun Than Jennifer Lawrence At The GLAAD Awards

When Jennifer Lawrence took the stage at the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on Saturday night, even Mariah Carey looked excited. 

Mind you, the audience had already witnessed Lee Daniels pay tribute to Carey’s work as an ally, Connie Britton rock her magic hair and Caitlyn Jenner announce that she is “in the house” while onstage with Diane Sawyer. 

But Lawrence, who was there to honor Robert De Niro with the Excellence in Media Award, still found a way to charm the crowd. The Oscar winner delivered a touching and perfectly JLaw-esque speech to celebrate De Niro’s decades-long advocacy for the LGBT community, while somehow managing not to trip, fall or stumble. 

After gushing about how pretty the audience looked (no, you’re prettier, Jennifer), she opened her remarks with a line only Lawrence could pull off: 

“Robert De Niro is not gay, so I don’t know why we’re here.”

TFW Jennifer Lawrence gives the whole room a compliment #glaadawards #jlaw #ketelone

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But she eventually got down to business, honoring his efforts to encourage acceptance of LGBT people within the entertainment industry. De Niro’s father was gay and much of the actor’s work within the community, like founding the Tribeca Film Festival to help amplify the voices of diverse filmmakers, is done to honor his father’s legacy. In 2014, De Niro contributed to “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.,” an HBO documentary about his father, a painter who remained closeted for much of his life. 

“As one of the greatest actors who’s ever lived,” Lawrence said, “I can learn a lot from him, but the most important thing that he’s taught all of us is acceptance. Bob is the kindest person I’ve ever met.”

“His heart is so giving — I don’t know what to do if you clap,” she riffed as the audience broke out in applause. “Do I just keep going?”

“All right. Everyone sit in stark silence,” she continued. “His heart is so giving and with his own quiet strength it’s no wonder that this man, and the incredible organization that is GLAAD, would come together tonight.”

Jennifer Lawrence wouldn’t be JLaw if she didn’t go a little off script, so immediately after her sincere remarks, she jokingly retracted her earlier statement about De Niro’s heterosexuality. 

“GLAAD and Bob have a lot in common. They’re both gay,” Lawrence deadpanned. “Just kidding. I was told by five different people to cut that and I was like, ‘Hell no.'”

Watch her full introduction and De Niro’s acceptance speech below. 


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