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Jennifer Lawrence sole Kentuckian among Oscar nominees

Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the film, "Joy." Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for best actress on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, for her role in the film.
Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from the film, "Joy." Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for best actress on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, for her role in the film. Twentieth Century Fox via AP

Jennifer Lawrence emerged as the only Kentuckian nominated for an Academy Award when the contenders were announced Thursday morning.

Her best actress nomination for her performance in Joy is Lawrence’s fourth Oscar nomination, and third for a performance directed by David O. Russell. The Louisville native was previously nominated for best actress in Winter’s Bone (2010), best actress in Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012), which she won, and best supporting actress in American Hustle (2013).

Though the performance has received mixed reviews, Lawrence did win the Golden Globe Award for best actress in a musical or comedy, Sunday night. At the Oscars, she will face off against Brie Larson, who won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her performance in Room. Joining Larson and Lawrence in the best actress competition are Cate Blanchett for Carol, Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn.

Two other Kentucky actors considered possible contenders, and nominated for Oscar precursor awards, were Johnny Depp for Black Mass and Michael Shannon for 99 Homes. Neither of their names were called Thursday morning.

Note: This story was changed from an earlier version which incorrectly identified the winner of the Golden Globe award for best actress in a drama.

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