It’s no secret that this year’s Best Supporting Actress race at the Academy Awards was between rookie Lupita Nyong’o and vet Jennifer Lawrence. The ladies have been pitted against one another all awards season long, and after a string of wins, the 12 Years a Slave star took home the coveted Oscar.
While the Yale graduate was accepting her award, the cameras panned to J.Law, who was on her feet clapping and smiling ear-to-ear for her fellow nominee. Afterward, the duo met up backstage where they took a moment to poke fun at the highly-publicized competition that had formed between them.
Photographers snapped Jennifer jokingly grabbing the trophy from Lupita, who went along with the act, gritting her teeth to hold onto the award.
This was Lupita’s first time attending the Academy Awards. Meanwhile, Jennifer was nominated for Best Actress in 2011, and won it in 2013.