Anne ner­vous of Os­car talk

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Hath­away (above) says she will find it ‘‘em­bar­rass­ing’’ if she’s not nom­i­nated for an Os­car. The ac­tress, 30, takes on the role of Fan­tine in movie sen­sa­tion Les Mis­er­ables, which is based on the stage mu­si­cal ver­sion of the clas­sic novel by Vic­tor Hugo. Hath­away sings live in the movie and lost a great deal of weight to por­tray her char­ac­ter, which has caused a buzz in Hol­ly­wood. With the Academy Awards ap­proach­ing in Fe­bru­ary, there is much talk about who will be nom­i­nated – and Hath­away is a hot favourite. ‘‘It’s hugely flat­ter­ing but noth­ing is real yet, so it’s lovely that peo­ple are talk­ing about it,’’ she says. ‘‘So I’m of two minds, which is one, ‘Oh my gosh, could you imag­ine if it came true?’ and two, ‘Can you imag­ine how em­bar­rass­ing it’ll be if it doesn’t hap­pen if I don’t get nom­i­nated?’ So I’m just try­ing to keep my feet on the ground at the moment.’’ The US ac­tor stars along­side Rus­sell Crowe and Hugh Jack­man in the film, which has al­ready scored var­i­ous nominations in the Crit­ics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards. Her as­so­ci­a­tion with the story of Fan­tine dates right back to her child­hood. ‘‘My his­tory with the show be­gan when I was seven. My mother was cast in the en­sem­ble as the fac­tory girl, and as the Fan­tine un­der­study, so my sec­ond time I ac­tu­ally saw the show I got to see my mother play Fan­tine, which is the role I play in the film,’’ she says. ‘‘Since then I just had it in my head. I think that was the show that made me really want to be an ac­tress . . . and I’ve just loved singing ever since then.’’

Os­car nominations for the Academy Awards will be an­nounced on Jan­uary 10.

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