Will Jennifer Lawrence Suffer the 'Felicity' Effect At the Oscars After Cutting Her Hair?
The Oscar's Golden Girl, Jennifer Lawrence, is up for her third Academy Award in just four years. After being nominated in 2011 for her performance in Winter's Bone, winning in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook, and getting rave reviews for American Hustle (which would lead to yet another nomination), it seemed like Jennifer Lawrence had reached a career climax in Hollywood — until she chopped off her hair.
Lawrence premiered the blonde pixie cut back in early November of 2013 and immediately the media set ablaze with reactions to the new 'do. Don't get me wrong — her new cut looks stunning and we only encourage actresses to embrace any hairstyle they wish. That said, we are all too aware of the Felicity Effect, named for Keri Russell's WB character who watched her ratings disappear faster than her hair after getting an ill-advised pixie cut. Shaun White, who cut his hair prior to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was just the latest victim — failing to medal in his best event — and Lawrence's Oscar is not quite as guaranteed as it was just one year back. After all, going into next Sunday's ceremony, Lawrence has to contend with SAG and Critics Choice Award winner, Lupita Nyong'o.
Can we blame the hair? In this image-obsessed industry, some would point to career pitfalls experienced by Jennifer Grey after her nose job, or Meg Ryan after... something. But, as it turns out, Lawrence is in good company. Not only has the actress found success for being able to rock a variety of looks in films like Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, and American Hustle, but an inspired haircut can even lead to more movies and Oscars. (A Twiggy biopic, anyone?) Here are six other actresses who chopped it all off, and still experienced great success.