Anne Hathaway’s moving portrayal of Fantine in “Les Misérables” has become more than just awards-show buzz: The actress took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture during Sunday’s (January 13) show, moving her one step closer to a possible Oscar win.
“Blergh — thanks for that word, Tina [Fey]!” Hathaway said to the Golden Globes co-host . “Oh my gosh, this is happening. To the Hollywood Foreign Press, thank you so much for having me in his room full of extraordinary artists that have changed my life with their work. Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt. And thank you for putting me, my work, in this category with great and gutsy actresses: Amy [Adams], Nicole [Kidman], Helen [Hunt] and Sally [Field].”
Next, the “Les Mis” star paid tribute to one of those women in particular. “Sally, I have to thank you so much for being a vanguard against typecasting, because as the girl who started out as the princess of Genovia [in the 'Princess Dairies'], I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to know that the Flying Nun grew up to be Norma Rae and grew up to be Mama Gump [in 'Forrest Gump'] and grew up to be Mary Todd Lincoln [in 'Lincoln'],” she said. “So thank you so much.”
From there, the Golden Globe winner had a special message for another actress who shaped her performance in the role: her mom, Kate McCauley Hathaway, who also played Fantine in a stage version of “Les Mis” decades prior.
“OK, I’ll wrap it up. I just want to thank my mother, who I saw perform this role when I was 8. I want to thank the creators of the show, Working Title and Universal for making an unapologetically sincere live-sung-through musical; I’m sure that was an easy decision. And I have to thank our cast, who are fearless and impossibly talented,” she continued. “Our crew, who deserve an award for pretending that they liked live singing at 7 a.m., and Hugh Jackman, my friend, you are brilliant in this role. I love you.
“[Director] Tom Hooper, I will not damage your reputation as an aloof Englishman by telling everyone that when I was crying on set you were crying right along me. I won’t tell anyone that. Your secret’s totally safe with me. Thank you so much for everything you gave me,” she added as the music played her offstage. “To my family and my husband. Honey, you make every day better than the last.”
Hathaway will face off against Adams, Field and Hunt, as well as “Sliver Linings Playbook” actress Jackie Weaver, in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Oscars come February.