She dreamed a dream, all right.
Starring in the very musical that made her want to become an actress at the age of 6, Anne Hathaway won the supporting actress Oscar for playing the doomed seamstress-turned-prostitute Fantine in “Les Misérables.”
The Oscar win caps a remarkable run for the 30-year-old actress, who has won a variety of honors for her fleeting performance in the musical. In taking home the supporting actress Academy Award, Hathaway beat out Sally Field from “Lincoln,” who was considered her closest rival in the category.
Hathaway, who starred in “The Princess Diaries,” “Rachel Getting Married,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” was inspired to act after watching her mother, Kate, star as Fantine in a stage production.
To play the role of the emaciated Fantine in “Les Misérables,” Hathaway lost some 25 pounds, so much weight that her director told her to stop. “To be honest, I thought she was going further than she should, and I tried to discourage her,” Tom Hooper said.
But even if Oscar voters praised her work, Hathaway gave herself mixed reviews. Asked if she was pleased with her performance in the finished film before its theatrical release, she shrugged and said, “Eh.”