02/25/2013 08:17 pm ET Updated Mar 01, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence's Amazing Childhood Friendship With Andy Strunk, 23-Year-Old With Down Syndrome (VIDEO)

Add a longtime friendship with Andy Strunk, who has Down Syndrome, to the list of reasons to love Jennifer Lawrence.

On Sunday night, Lawrence took the award for Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, and as usual, charmed viewers through the night. HuffPost declared her the winner of the entire event.

Strunk, who is 23, has been friends with her since they were students at Kammerer Middle School.

"We are like best friends," Strunk told the Courier Journal. "She's kind... I think she has spirit."

In a YouTube video, Strunk and his mother talk about Lawrence, who lived in his neighborhood growing up. Several photos show them together.

In a more recent photo, Lawrence hugs Strunk at an unspecified red carpet event. These days, Strunk follows her career, fashion and dating life, and she often sends him gifts in return.

Recently, he received an autographed Silver Linings Playbook poster. According to Wave, Strunk keeps a collection of memorabilia featuring the star in his bedroom.

Naturally, he couldn't wait to see her in the Academy Awards ceremony, for which he dressed up in a tuxedo.

"It's the best night of my life," Strunk told the Courier Journal.

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