Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway wins Oscar

Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway wins Oscar

Updated On: May 1, 2018
News and Information, London
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    Actress Anne Hathaway has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her stunning performance as the factory worker turned prostitute Fantine in the movie musical LES MISÉRABLES.

    As she accepted the golden statuette, an exasperated Hathaway exclaimed, ‘It came true!’

    Hathaway was first inspired to become an actress at six years old after seeing her mother play Fantine in a production of LES MISÉRABLES 24 years ago. Now she's won the Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actor's Guild awards (amongst many other accolades) for the same role.

    Hathaway, who also starred in The Princess Diaries, Brokeback Mountain, The Devil Wears Prada and Rachel Getting Married, lost over 25 pounds to play the impoverished seamstress. In her acceptance speech, she thanked her husband Adam Shulman and said: ‘Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never in real life.’

    She later performed during the Oscar ceremony with the rest of her LES MISÉRABLES cast mates, the first time they've sung together live on stage. Hathaway joined Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Aaron Tveit in a dazzling medley of “Suddenly”, “I Dreamed A Dream” and a rousing “One Day More”.

    The performance featured as part of a segment paying tribute to movie musicals, with Catherine Zeta Jones singing “All That Jazz” from Chicago, for which she won her own Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2002. Jennifer Hudson also performed “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007.

    In keeping with the musical theme, Dame Shirley Bassey knocked the crowd out with “Goldfinger” in honour of Bond's 50th anniversary. Barbara Streisand also sang her classic “The Way We Were” as part of the 'In Memoriam' tribute, which included her close friend Marvin Hamlisch (composer of A Chorus Line).

    To close the ceremony, Kristen Chenoweth (Broadway's Glinda in the original cast of Wicked) performed with host Seth Macfarlane. In less than two weeks on 11 March Chenoweth will be performing live at the London Coliseum, boasting a variety of material from the worlds of opera, pop and musicals.

    In total LES MISÉRABLES was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jackman as Jean Valjean, and Best Original Song (ultimately losing out to Argo, Daniel Day Lewis, and Adele’s “Skyfall” respectively). But the film did take home the Oscars for Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Sound Mixing.

    After Les Mis, it doesn't seem Hathaway will be leaving her musical days behind her. It’s been widely reported that a number is being specifically written for her for the new film Song One, expected to shoot later this year.

    Musical mogul Clive Davis has spoken about his desire to produce a Broadway show with his heart set on My Fair Lady, the musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. While Dominic West and Colin Firth are two names that have emerged for the role of Professor Henry Higgins, Hathaway is considered the favourite to play Eliza Doolittle telling the Daily Mail, ‘I don’t know whether I would do it on stage, or screen, but either would be a treat.’