Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar Win Could Truly Change How We See Mental Illness (VIDEO)
After Jennifer Lawrence snagged the Oscar for Best Actress, all we could talk about was her huge "whoops!" moment, falling as she made her way up to the stage. But she hoped to turn our attention back to something truly important -- the main aim of Silver Linings Playbook.
Turns out, JLaw doesn't see her win as a strictly personal victory at all. Instead, she hoped that it'll help champion the effort to help the mentally ill. People like the film's main character, played by Bradley Cooper, who has bipolar disorder.
The actress told the Oscar press room:
I don't think we're going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness. I know [writer-director] David [O. Russell] won't. And I hope that this helps. It's so bizarre how in this world, if you have asthma, you take asthma medicine; if you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine; but as soon as you have to take medication for your mind, there's such a stigma behind it.
So, so true. I'm sure she's actually said something similar while promoting the film, but to say it now, as she's celebrating her win, made it even more poignant. Because anytime an actor wins an award, their flick gets more attention, and the message behind that flick gets a megaphone. Clearly, Jennifer realizes that snagging the Oscar means more people will see Silver Linings and understand mental illness even just a bit better.
If that makes even a slight difference in how we see and treat people who are coping with it, it'll be even more of a victory -- especially anyone who's ever felt like an outsider because their personal health challenge is one that affects not their body but their mind.
Here's a clip of her acceptance speech if you missed it ...
Do you think Jennifer Lawrence's win and Silver Linings Playbook in general have made/will make a difference in reducing the stigma behind mental illness?
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