Jennifer Lawrence Explains Her 'I Beat Meryl' Golden Globes Comment

As movie fans, could we ever fault Jennifer Lawrence for opening her Golden Globes acceptance speech with what might be the most fitting, relevant and humorous quote for the moment? I vote no, but those who didn't recognize the Silver Linings Playbook star's humorous reference might have thought Lawrence was taking a jab at Meryl Streep, who was also nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.

Meryl Streep was nominated for Hope Springs, but it was Lawrence who took the prize for Silver Linings Playbook. You can watch her acceptance speech below, which begins with her making a joke as she pretends to read "I beat Meryl" off of her statue. Watch it at about the minute-mark in the video below…

Those of us who have seen First Wives Club more times than we probably care to admit likely recognized the line from the film, which happens when Bette Midler's character picks up one of Goldie Hawn's character's statues.

Even those who didn't get the reference likely got that she was joking, though Lindsay Lohan was not among them, Tweeting…

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Via EW, Lawrence took the opportunity to explain the comment when she was on The Late Show with David Letterman this week, confirming that she was quoting First Wives Club:

"I was like, is that what this turned into? I don't like Meryl Streep? As if I've had my eyes on getting that girl forever," Lawrence joked, and went on to say she hasn't heard from Streep, but she's sure she doesn't care.

Now that that's cleared up, let's try not to give the more entertaining (and movie quoting) speech-givers a hard time! Those unpredictable moments can be the highlights of events like these.

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