Anthony Breznican
January 09, 2012 AT 07:30 PM EST

The world knows her as Katniss from the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games and saw her as the young, blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique in last summer’s X-Men: First Class, but last year around this time Jennifer Lawrence was making her breakthrough thanks to an Oscar nomination for a dark little indie mystery called Winter’s Bone.

Now she’ll be the one announcing a new crop of contenders.

The 21-year-old actress will join Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to reveal the nominees live on Jan. 24. She probably won’t be repeating that va-va-voom red dress from last year, but here’s hoping she sports something else that turns every straight guy into the wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon.

Last year, Mo’nique, who won best supporting actress for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, helped Sherak read the new contenders, and the year before that Anne Hathaway, a previous best actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married (and eventual cohost of the telecast), did the honors.

Sure, it sounds like an easy gig, but how would you like to be the one who gets up in front of the world at 5:30 a.m. to potentially say the name of The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius? (For the record, it’s pronounced: “MISS-ter Share-ACK, Why-don’t-YOU-take-this-one.”)

Click through for a photo gallery of the actress in some of her more notable roles.


Lawrence made her mainstream breakthrough in the 2007-2009 TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, playing one of the comedian’s three children.

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