Jennifer Lawrence managed to draw the wrath of a nation with her on-stage BAFTAs joke.

Jennifer Lawrence has accidentally induced the wrath of a nation after joking with BAFTAs host Joanna Lumley on live TV, not realising “throwing shade” at the national treasure is akin to trespassing and treason on British soil.

When introducing Lawrence to present the first award of the ceremony, the Absolutely Fabulous star gave the 27-year-old actress overly sugary introduction:

“Right let’s start giving out some of those beautiful BAFTAs shall we?

“And we start with the award for Outstanding British Film and who better to kick the whole evening off than the hottest actress on the planet.

“Soon to be seen in Red Sparrow, it’s the ravishing Jennifer Lawrence.”

Watch the exchange at the BAFTAs in the video below.

Video via BBC

Sashaying on to stage, a mildly uncomfortable Lawrence responded: “Hi, that was a bit much but thank you Joanna.”

Well. This is what happened next:

However, Lawrence has responded to the… intensity… of her critics, telling Ronan Keating on Magic Radio all was not as it seemed.

“I want to clear it up,” she said. “Okay so backstage Joanna and I were both about to go out… and I was like, ‘Just [say] adjective after adjective, ‘tall’, ‘beautiful’, just say that I’m this and that. And she was like, ‘Alright darling’.”

“It was an inside joke. She went on and said all these really nice things about me and when I got up to the podium, I was like, ‘That was a bit much’, after I spent all of backstage telling her how to be really nice to me. Then everybody thought that I was being rude. But to be fair, I couldn’t have just walked out after she [described me as] ‘the biggest movie star in the world’ and gone ‘thank you, Joanna’. That would have been like, ‘So you agree, you think you’re really pretty’.”

That settles it then.

Remind us to never joke about the Queen, the Big Ben or Jamie Oliver. Ever.