Jennifer Lawrence has addressed accusations she was "rude" to host Joanna Lumley at Sunday night's BAFTA Awards, saying it was "an inside joke".

During the ceremony, the Oscar-winning actress was enthusiastically introduced by Lumley as "the hottest actress on the planet".

When Lawrence took to the stage to present an award, she opened with: "Hi, that was a bit much, but thank you, Joanna."

Her comment was met with condemnation on Twitter, with many commentators saying it was rude.

Speaking on Ronan Keating's Magic Radio show on Monday, Lawrence addressed the controversy, explaining: "So, behind the stage, or backstage, Joanna and I are both about to go out and she was going to present me, and I was like just adjective after adjective, just 'tall', 'beautiful', 'just say that I'm this and that', and she was like 'alright darling', and she goes on-stage.

"So it was an inside joke. She went on and said all these really nice things about me and then when I got up to the podium, I was like 'that was a bit much'. After I just spent all backstage telling her how to be really nice to me.

"And then everybody thought that I was being rude. But to be fair, I couldn't have just walked out after she was like, 'biggest movie star in the world!' and I'd just walked out and gone 'thank you Joanna'. It would have been like, 'so you agree? You think you're really pretty?'"

"I wasn't being rude, it was an inside joke, I mean I'm always rude but...", Lawrence continued, with Keating interjecting: "But that's normal, but that's Hollywood, you've got to be a little bit like that."

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