70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - ArrivalsJennifer Lawrence signaled the arrival of a new generation of actresses with her Golden Globe victory for best actress in a comedy. She shyly joked that she beat Meryl Streep for the award, but there was some universal truth in the statement.

Lawrence, 22, represents the new generation of young Hollywood actresses, who will be dominating motion pictures for the next 20 years.

She earned both Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her work in the 2010 film “Winter’s Bone, but her victory last night was over a strong field that included Emily Blunt for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” Judy Dench for “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Maggie Smith for “Quartet” and, yes, Meryl Streep for “Hope Springs.”

Jennifer Lawrence Stunning in Red Dior

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Lawrence has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses. She can carry a small indie film like Silver Linings Playbook, and also deliver the goods in a blockbuster like “The Hunger Games.”

Lawrence gave a witty and emotional speech thanking everyone surrounding the film. She also looked radiant in a red strapless Dior gown.

“What does this say, I beat Meryl,” she giggled.

The line was actually from the 1996 film “The First Wives Club.” Bette Midler‘s character Brenda said it when she picked up an award for Goldie Hawn’s character in the film.

In keeping with the night, Lawrence also poked fun at the HFPA in her thanks to mogul Harvey Weinstein. “I am so honored to be in a film like this…Harvey thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.”

The HFPA has long been criticized for accepting gratuities and favors in exchange for nominations. But Lawrence clearly earned it on her own.

In the David O. Russell-directed romantic comedy-drama, Lawrence plays a dysfunctional Tiffany Maxwell, a young widow and recovering sex addict who also has just lost her job. She meets Pat Solitano, played by Bradley Cooper, who is struggling with a bi-polar disorder.

They piece back their lives and find out what love means. The film’s supporting cast included Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Anupam Kher, Julia Stiles and Chris Tucker.

Check out Jennifer’s photos and her acceptance speech below. And be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest Hollywood awards season updates.

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Golden Globes Nominees and Winners.
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Picture, Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Ewen McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judy Dench, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Argo (Chris Terrio)

Best Score
Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Argo (Alexandre Desplat)
Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
Lincoln (John Williams)

Best Original Song
“For You” – Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift – The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” – Skyfall
“Suddenly” – Les Miserables

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France)
Kon-Tiki (Norway/UK/Demark)
Rust and Bone (France)