When comedian Jimmy Kimmel was announced as the presenter of the 2018 Academy Awards, it was pretty much a given that there would be some mockery involved during his hosting duties. And he didn’t disappoint. Even Emma Stone, who had won an Oscar for Best Actress the previous year, wasn’t off limits. Jennifer Lawrence just so happened to be sitting next to her when Kimmel singled Stone out – and it made for a great moment.
Stone and Lawrence are in fact great friends. They both achieved stardom around the same time – Lawrence came into the mainstream with the Hunger Games franchise and Stone via the Amazing Spider-Man series. And, of course, they’ve got plenty in common. Both are successful, talented and extremely funny women.
They were actually introduced by Woody Harrelson, who had been Lawrence’s co-star in The Hunger Games and Stone’s in Zombieland. Their first interactions played out in the sort of offbeat manner that you’d expect. “[Stone] texted me that she got my number from Woody,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2016. “I replied, ‘F**k off!’ And we’ve been really good friends ever since.”
And their first meeting in person was equally hilarious, if a little unsettling. “Jennifer Lawrence and I both had the same stalker, John the Orchestra Guy,” Stone explained to W magazine in 2018, before backtracking to say that “he wasn’t really a stalker.” John the Orchestra Guy apparently would text multiple celebrities, including Stone and Lawrence.
“Jen and I texted for a year before we actually met,” Stone told the magazine. “As she was driving to my house, she thought, ‘Oh my God, what if it’s John the Orchestra Guy?’ And I thought, ‘Oh my God, what if it’s John the Orchestra Guy?’ So Jen calls me and says, ‘I just want to make sure you’re not John the Orchestra Guy.’ I wasn’t. And we met. It’s our adorable love story.”
And ever since then, the two have been a wickedly funny duo who’ve marked big Hollywood events in their own way. After the 2018 Golden Globes, for instance, Lawrence released a video explaining why she hadn’t gone to the ceremony’s afterparties. Stone had shown up and Lawrence, halfway through having her makeup done, had decided to ditch the celebrity gathering in favor of hanging out with her friend.
And when they attended the Academy Awards two months later, they were the most relatable of besties. Granted, the pair turned up in expensive outfits – Lawrence wore a silver Dior dress, and Stone opted for the unusual choice of a silk Louis Vuitton suit and pink bow. But their joking around was totally down to earth.
The two ladies sat next to each other, drank glasses of white wine and laughed. They even laughed when one of them was the butt of the presenter’s jokes! And poor Emma Stone must have known that there’d be a few aimed at her from host Jimmy Kimmel, thanks to what had happened during the 2017 Academy Awards.
During the 2017 Oscars ceremony, something unprecedented occurred. The wrong movie title was announced for Best Picture! It turned out that La La Land, which starred Stone and Ryan Gosling, hadn’t won after all, Moonlight had. It was chaotic… but it was also pretty funny. And, of course, there would be a few jokes about it.
Kimmel did not hold back. “This year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away!” he announced in his introductory monologue. “Give us a minute.” That was all the opening that Lawrence needed. As the camera focused on Stone to catch her reaction, Lawrence could be seen pointing and laughing at her, the way that any good bestie would.
Stone pulled a mock-annoyed face, but she clearly didn’t mind one bit that she was being made fun of. After all, she’s more than used to it! When she did a photo session for the red carpet at the Governors Awards in November 2017, Lawrence jumped into the background of her shots and photobombed her.
And the internet reacted with delight to Lawrence’s point-and-laugh at the Oscars. “We all have that one a**hole friend and Jennifer Lawrence is Emma Stone’s,” wrote one Twitter user. “Would pay to hear JLaw & Emma Stone’s #Oscars commentary,” posted the person behind the UPROXX social media account. Now that would be something to witness.
Moreover, Kimmel, Stone and Lawrence weren’t the only ones who made jokes about the La La Land debacle on the night. Star Wars star Mark Hamill made a dig when he presented the Oscar for Best Animated Short. “Don’t say La La Land! Don’t say La La Land!” he whispered loudly, to laughter from the audience.
And the Best Picture Oscar did actually go to the right people this time around! Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway – the ones who were given the wrong envelope in 2017 – returned to present the Best Picture award. It was given to The Shape of Water and director Guillermo del Toro. But del Toro did quickly study the envelope, just to be absolutely sure.
Lawrence and Stone have racked up a few other viral moments between them at the Academy Awards. Indeed, it’s something that they’re famous for. People noticed that Lawrence was happy to clamber over seats at the 2018 award ceremony – and that she did so while holding a large glass of wine. It was impressive considering that for a while she was renowned for falling over at the Oscars.
Lawrence had tripped over during not one but two previous Oscar ceremonies. She famously fell down on the stage when going up to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, back in 2013. And the year after that, she fell over on the red carpet while waving to fans. All of which seemed to make her even more relatable to the public.
And Emma Stone’s face – along with those of her co-stars – went viral in a big way after the La La Land mix-up, when she’d displayed a frozen, shocked smile. People delighted in the impressive, expressive reactions caught on camera as the error was revealed, and the images subsequently spread like wildfire across the internet.
Even on the night itself, though, Stone appeared to be fine with the whole situation. “When it happened, I was just on such a buzzy stage, I was already on another planet,” she told the press backstage, according to The Daily Telegraph. “I think it’s a good outcome but a very strange happening for Oscar history. Is that the craziest Oscar moment of all time? Cool. We made history tonight.”
She certainly didn’t seem to bear any grudges against Moonlight and its team of creators, either. “I f**king love Moonlight. God I love Moonlight so much,” she told the cameras, according to Elle. “Of course, you know, it was an amazing thing to hear ‘La La Land.’ I think we would have all loved to have won Best Picture, but we are so excited for Moonlight. I think it’s one of the best films of all time, so I was pretty beside myself.”
So it’s not surprising, then, that she didn’t mind being ribbed about the incident by her best buddy. Both ladies are currently super busy – Lawrence has X-Men: Dark Phoenix coming out at the end of 2018; Stone will be playing Cruella de Vil in a One Hundred and One Dalmatians movie. But here’s to hoping that one day they will do an Oscars commentary together. That would be amazing!