- Kristen Stewart, Twilight, 2008. JLaw, as she would soon be known, lost Bella Swan. “I’ve never cried over not getting a role. What’s meant to be will happen. I don’t know if I’m any better than anyone.” And so she won the X-Men and Hunger Games franchises, 2012-1015, plus her first Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook on February 24, 2013. First? Oh, there will be more…
- Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2010.
- Brie Larson, 21 Jump Street, 2011. Jennifer was none too upset at losing Molly - when she won The Hunger Games trilogy. Larson was known as Toni Collette's rebellious daughter in United States of Tara, TV, 2009-12.
- Juno Temple, Killer Joe, 2010. Lawrence was straight with director William Friedkin: “I’m the only actress in America who could play Dottie.” But she could not wait until he raised a budget (well, the Tracy Letts play was called “a hideous carnival of brutality and degradation that leaves you feeling dirty”) and she went off to school in X-Men: First Class.
- Robin Lively, Savages, 2011. Once again, The Hunger Games ruled Lawrence out of Oliver Stone’s drama about two pals growing such great pot that a Mexican drug cartel threatens to kill their girl unless they work for the drug lords.
- Maria Juan Garcias, Incarceron, 2011. Hollywood latest divas were humbled by the girl from Majorca winning her second big movie (for co-star Taylor Twilight Launter’s combine). Jennifer also lost The Dragon Tattoo battle - no matter, she won a herself a franchise: the dystopian post-America teen-triogly, The Hunger Games.
- Juno Temple, The Dark Knight Rises, 2011.
- Ambyr Childers, The Master, 2011. To her own surprise, the lovely blonde daytime soap alumna of All My Children (she was Colby Chandler for 139 episodes, 2006-2008) beat off such stellar opposition as Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried and Emma Stone to become Elizabeth in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first outing since his 2007 double-Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood.
- Eva Green, Dark Shadows, 2011. Anne Hathaway, the fast rising Lawrence and fast imploding Lindsay Lohan auditioned for Angelique - Green called her a mix of Bette Davis and Janis Joplin. That’s some cocktail!
- Eva Green, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, 2013. Ava Lord in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City sequel was written for Angelina Jolie with 14 back-ups: Green, Lawrence, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Elizabeth Hurley, Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Sofia Vergara, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams. JLaw was too busy promoting… and winning her best actrsss Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.
- Elizabeth Olsen, Godzilla, 2013. JLaw, Emilia Clarke, Hilary Duff, Aly Michalka, Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie and Emmy Rossum were up for the (somewhat improved) second Hollywood reboot set for releases in the creature’s 60th birthday year of 2014. Olsen played the wife of hero Aaron Taylor-Johnson, her brother in The Avengers franchise.
- Alicia Vikander, Seventh Son, 2013. Passed on the medieval thriller. Dianna Agron, Felicity Jones, Imogen Poots were also seen by the Russian director Sergey Bodro v before he settled upon the lovely Swede.
- Margot Robbie, Focus, 2014. First, Kristen Stewart and Emma Stone passed, then Lawrence, Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Rosamund Pike, Michelle Williams were assessed for Jess, the beauty being coached in grifting techniques by an adoring Will Smith. Robbie was on holiday on a Croatian island when called to an New York audition. She packed in 20 minutes, and by catamaran, bus, two planes (waiting six hours for each), losing her luggage at JFK and wearing only denim shorts, shirt and no make-up, she got to the audition on time. Smith did not. “Hey, I was coming from Queens.” “Yeah?” snapped Robbie, “Well, I just came from an island off Croatia and I’m here on time.” She reckoned that outburst won her the movie.
- Kate McKinnon, Ghostbusters, 2015. Or 'busterettes… Finally, after a wait of 27 years, a third ’busters movie. This time, women. Paul Feig women like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and… well, it was going to be Lawrence, Anna Faris, Emma Stone or Rebel Wilson.
- Eva Green, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, 2014. Lawrence, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams were all up for the dame in question. Ava.
- Brie Larson, The Glass Castle, 2016. JLaw was attached to produce and star as Jeanette of the highly dysfunctional, nomadic family Walls. (Dad being Woody Harrelson tends to say it all). Tney are soul sisters… They won their Oscars in independent movies (Winter’s Bone, Room), both have played Amy Shumer’s sibling and joined tentpoles with X Men, The Hunger Games for J Law, Kong: Skull Island, Captain Marvel for BLar.