What did Amy Schumer say about Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars?

Fans are *very* confused over this Jennifer Lawrence joke host Amy Schumer made at last night's Oscars

In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence speak onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California
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As one of three co-hosts of the 94th Academy Awards, alongside Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, comedian Amy Schumer was throwing all-in-fun jokes left and right at everyone from Timothée Chalamet to Will Smith. But it was a jibe about Chalamet's Don't Look Up co-star Jennifer Lawrence that had fans fuming. 

In her opening monologue for the show, Schumer talked about the Oscars Best Picture nominee, saying: “Don’t Look Up is nominated. I guess Academy Members ‘don’t look up’ reviews."

She continued: "Wait a minute—I loved that movie. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing in it, even though she did gain some weight this year.”

Lawrence was not in attendance at last night's ceremony and has skipped out on the majority of the awards-season circuit because she recently welcomed her first child with her art-gallerist husband Cooke Maroney in February 2022. 

Schumer's joke was in reference to Lawrence's pregnancy, but many fans took it as a body-shaming attack on the actress's weight. 

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However, others were quick to point out that Schumer and Lawrence are longtime best friends, making her jest against the Hunger Games actress more of a playful inside joke between buddies than Chris Rock's later wisecrack about Will Smith's wife, which sparked the slap heard around the world.

The actresses first met back in 2015 and quickly hit it off, with Lawrence telling The New York Times: "I emailed [Amy] after I saw Trainwreck and said, 'I don't know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I'm in love with you.' We started emailing, and then emailing turned to texting."

The fast friends were working on a screenplay together where they would play sisters and became so intertwined in popular culture that Lawrence once told Seth Meyers: "I feel like Brad Pitt being asked about Angelina. I get asked about Amy on all of these press tours, more than anything, which is great because endorphins get released in my brain whenever I talk about her!"

It's safe to say Jen won't be smacking Amy anytime soon over this one. 

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

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