Anne nervous of Oscar talk
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.