The Silver Linings Playbook nominee hosts SNL and gets snarky (and funny)

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 20, 2013 08:45 AM

How to get the jump on your sister Oscar nominees? Host Saturday Night Live – and come out punching.

That was Jennifer Lawrence‘s modus operandi this weekend, with the Silver Linings Playbook‘s Best Actress contender taking good-natured swipes at her competition during her silver-tongued opening monologue on the NBC comedy show.

About Jessica Chastain, she said: “In Zero Dark Thirty you caught Bin Laden. So what? In Winter’s Bone I caught a squirrel, and then ate it.”

Naomi Watts: You were in The Impossible. You know what else is impossible? You beating me on Oscar night.”

Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old nominee for Beasts of the Southern Wild: “You think you can beat me? [In best Gary Coleman voice] ‘What you talkin’ ’bout, Wallis?’ Also, the Alphabet called. It wants its letters back.”

And Emmanuelle Riva, from the French film Amour: “An 85-year-old French lady. Um, yeah, I think I can take you.”

Also in line for ribbing by the rest of the cast on the show, which featured The Lumineers as the musical guests, were disgraced athlete Lance Armstrong (played by Jason Sudeikis), reputed hoax victim Manti Te’o (Bobby Moynahan), outspoken Golden Globes honoree Jodie Foster (Kate McKinnon) and the scowling, Globes party-pooper Tommy Lee Jones (Bill Hader).

Though not personally at the end of a satirical sharp stick, Lawrence did tip her hat to her Hunger Games persona Katniss Everdeen by participating in a mock Post-Hunger Games press conference.

The running gag was how could Katniss go for Peeta (played by Taran Killam) because he’s so short. The gamers were also asked if they used performance-enhancing drugs.

To see if Lawrence does topple the other actresses … the 85th annual Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.