By Anthony Breznican
January 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM EST
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The world knows her as Katniss from the upcoming film version of The Hunger Games and saw her as the young, blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique in last summer’s X-Men: First Class, but last year around this time Jennifer Lawrence was making her breakthrough thanks to an Oscar nomination for a dark little indie mystery called Winter’s Bone.

Now she’ll be the one announcing a new crop of contenders.

The 21-year-old actress will join Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to reveal the nominees live on Jan. 24.

Last year, Mo’nique, who won best supporting actress for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, helped Sherak read the new contenders, and the year before that Anne Hathaway, a previous best actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married (and eventual cohost of the telecast), did the honors.

Click through for a photo gallery of the actress in some of her more notable roles.

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Lawrence made her mainstream breakthrough in the 2007-2009 TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, playing one of the comedian’s three children.

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She first captured the attention of critics with 2010’s Winter’s Bone, playing a resourceful but impoverished mountain girl who goes searching for her missing — and possibly murdered — meth-dealing father.

She not only scored an Oscar nomination for the role, but the film was nominated for best picture, and it won the grand jury prize when it premiered earlier in the year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Lawrence went from indie starlet to big-budget mutant in last summer’s X-Men: First Class, playing the younger version of the chameleon-like Mystique, a role originated by Rebecca Romijn. She even shape-shifted into an older version of the character, with Romijn showing up in a cameo — sans the blue skin (or anything else.)

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Lawrence, seen here at last year’s BAFTA awards, has also proven to be a stunning red-carpet presence and fashion icon, turning heads and raising eyebrows not just at award shows and premieres, but with glamorous and seductive photo shoots in Esquire and GQ.

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Lawrence had back-to-back grand jury prize winners at Sundance with a supporting turn in last year’s Like Crazy. Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin starred as a young couple pulled apart by long distance when immigration problems force her to return to England. Lawrence played a co-worker and potential girlfriend in L.A. who gets close to Yelchin after Jones goes.

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Finally, Lawrence won the lead role of Katniss Everdeen in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian saga The Hunger Games, about children forced to fight to the death.

It was her experience with sudden stardom that led Lawrence to feel a kinship with the beloved literary heroine. She told EW’s Karen Valby about meeting with director Gary Ross during the height of Oscar season. “He was asking me what the experience was like,” she recalls, “and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’”

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