The 22-year-old actress took home a Golden Globe with mixed reviews following her acceptance speech

By Maggie Coughlan
Updated January 13, 2013 09:45 PM
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Most actresses wouldn’t dare utter a word against Meryl Streep, but when Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for best actress on Sunday, she didn’t hesitate to make a joke of beating out the esteemed actress.

“What does it say? I beat Meryl,” Lawrence, 22, said upon receiving her Globe for her Silver Linings Playbook role on Sunday and inspecting the inscription.

But the star’s comment wasn’t as mean spirited as some may think.

“I beat Meryl” is actually a reference to the 1996 film starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, The First Wives Club.

In the film, Brenda (Midler) says to actress pal Elise (Hawn): “Once you were a terrific actress. You even got an Oscar to prove it.”

As Brenda picks up the Oscar, she reads its engraving aloud, “‘I beat Meryl.’ That’s what it says.”

Lawrence managed to sneak in a few original one-liners in her acceptance speech, too.

“Harvey [Weinstein], thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today,” she said to a laughing audience.

Even Lawrence’s brothers got their share of tough love from the actress. “I want to thank my brothers, Ben and Blaine. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you being mean to me but then really supportive and loving constantly.”