Amy Schumer & Jennifer Lawrence Embody A Supportive Friendship & That's Far More Powerful Than Their Comedy
After taking the stage and introducing themselves "J. Law" and "A. Schu," Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer stole the show at the Golden Globes. Personally, I'm part of the camp that's rooting for these ladies to host the 2017 Globes, but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet. There are plenty of reasons that Lawrence and Schumer's friendship is awesome right now. Not just because they're hilarious and talented actors (which they are), but because they're incredibly supportive of one another. In Hollywood, where a new celebrity feud pops up on a daily basis (ahem, Farrah Abraham and Nicki Minaj?), it's nice to see these two playing nice — and meaning it.
Prior to Sunday's show, there were questions about what would happen, since Lawrence and Schumer were up against each other for one of the top awards of the night: Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy. Joy and Trainwreck were two of the most buzzed about movies of the year, and although the competition was close, Lawrence won the trophy for her role as Joy. If you thought things would get ugly or bitter, you couldn't be more wrong. As the 25-year-old headed to the stage, Schumer gave her a huge hug and applauded. Later, Schumer posted a supportive Instagram with her sister and Lawrence, saying, "So happy for our friend." If that's not heartwarming, I don't know what is.
Let's be real: Losing at a major award show probably is not the best feeling in the world, but Schumer accepted defeat like a champ and didn't let it get her down. According to People, in the press room after the show, Lawrence said,
She's gonna be fine. It wasn't a matter of feeling bad, because she's funny and hilarious and will win many things. I really expected Amy to win, so this was very truly surprising for me. I was just really surprised.
So there you have it, no hard feelings either way! Lawrence is right, they're both incredibly talented and if they got upset over every loss, it'd get in the way of shining in their next project. Especially since that next project may be the movie they're working on together, which is just further proof that they really believe in one another's talent.
As for their jokes on-stage, they didn't miss the mark. When presenting, Schumer mocked the reasons people want to hang out with them and said, "They're so pretty and everyone likes them and wants to hang out with them and they seem so fun to be around. Oh, they should be models." And sure, they are pretty and fun, but that's not their most admirable strengths or a reason to be friends with someone. If anything, their commentary highlighted the superficial praise they tend to receive — and why, in a way, it's superfluous. Even Schumer's sarcastic tone emphasized this idea.
Another reason that their supportive friendship is important is because Hollywood hasn't always been this way. Or at least not in the mainstream media. While the '90s were glorious for many reasons, one downside was that female celebrities were often pitted against each other, as if there could only be one superstar. Remember all the Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera arguments? It's great to see an empowering shift in attitude now, and it's something even some of the youngest stars embody — like Amandla Stenberg and Rowan Blanchard, who are teen feminist queens. Hopefully this trend has staying power.
As J. Law and A. Schu prove, it doesn't take away from your own success to share in someone else's. Now where do I send my petition for these two to host next year's Globes?