Anne Hathaway confesses about ‘Les Miserables’ Oscar: ‘I tried to pretend that I was happy’

Winning an Oscar is a crowning achievement for any film professional. It’s the film industry’s biggest prize, handed out by elite movie pros. But according to Anne Hathaway, winning Best Supporting Actress for “Les Miserables” (2012) was, well, kind of miserable.

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In a recent interview with the Guardian, she said, “I felt very uncomfortable. I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet. Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness. It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy. I didn’t feel that way. I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings. I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time.”

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That Oscar was the finish line of a marathon awards season for Hathaway that year. She was tipped to win as soon as a trailer was released featuring her showstopping tune “I Dreamed a Dream,” and on the way to Oscar she also won a Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award. Clearly playing her doomed character Fantine took its toll on the actress right to the very end. They say money can’t buy happiness, and maybe not little gold men either.

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