For anyone who thought for a split second that Jennifer Lawrence was daring to defy the legacy and the legend that is Meryl Streep when she boasted “I beat Meryl”, don’t go freaking out as if you were dangling from a window cleaner high above Manhattan. The Silver Linings Playbook star, who emerged a Golden Globe winner last night in the Best Actress Comedy or Musical category, wasn’t busting Meryl’s chops, rather she was quoting a line from the comedy classic The First Wives Club. (Between this and Lena Dunham‘s Chad Lowe shout-out, the ceremony was chock full of wonderfully obscure references from the past twenty years.)
In a memorable scene from the 1996 comedy, Bette Midler‘s character Brenda marvels at her friend Elise’s (played by Goldie Hawn) Oscar. In fact, the exact line from the film is, “You know what it says? It says ‘I beat Meryl!'” You know what J. Law’s exact line was? “What does it say? I beat Meryl!” So, not only does the 22-year-old know how to give an awesome acceptance speech, but she also references the infinitely re-quotable First Wives Club while doing it. (“What’s the matter, Morty? Couldn’t you buy her a whole dress?”)
Between Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell‘s riotous intro and Lawrence doing what every true movie geek does on a daily basis, quoting their favorite movies, this was one of the most DVR rewindable moments of the night. And just for reference, check out the scene in question from The First Wives Club below and Lawrence’s speech. And who knows, maybe she’ll quote Sister Act or House Sitter during her Oscar acceptance speech. You don’t own her.