Anne Hathaway Wins Oscar for ‘Les Miserables’ – The Hollywood Reporter

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Awards season marks ten years since Anne Hathaway, a candidate this year for her role in the role of James Gray. The hour of Armageddonwon a host of supporting actress awards – including a BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG Award and Oscar – for her turn as Fantine in Les Miserables. The actress had established herself as a movie star in movies like The princess’s diary, The Devil Wears Prada and Brokeback Mountainand received her first Oscar nomination, for Best Actress, with 2008’s Rachel gets married.

Oscar gold arrived five years later, with Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of the stage musical, in which Hathaway, as a starving sex worker, bleeds on screen, losing her hair and teeth , breaking out the sad “I Dreamed a Dream” before her death. . Her performance was hailed as a standout among an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman and featuring Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter.

“Hathaway dominates, exuding anguish as the doomed Fantine,” wrote Todd McCarthy in his THR reviewed the Universal film, adding how she “gets down and dirty to match and has her hair cut off on screen.”

Hathaway fought hard for the role, which her own mother had played years before in the national premiere of the Broadway production. “My mother and I were talking about the idea that Fantine had lit a match, and she just sees it burning. And she has to explode and let him into the darkness,” explained Hathaway at THR‘in the actress round table in December 2012. For the 13 days she was on set, Hathaway was mostly starving (“she lost 25 pounds on very little oatmeal ,” like THR explained), as well as working with a sex addiction researcher to immerse herself in the role.

Les Miserables it was nominated in eight categories at the 2013 Academy Awards and won three. When Hathaway took the stage to accept her award, she acknowledged that a dream had come true, beginning her speech with, “It came true.”

Excerpt from THR's 2013 review of 'Les Miserables'

THR’s Todd McCarthy praised Anne Hathaway in his review but found the film, with its melodramatic and intense performances, “very, if over the top, monotonous”.

This story first appeared in the December standalone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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