Actress Anne Hathaway has won an Oscar for Best Achievement by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in “Les Misérables” on Feb. 24 at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. The Academy Awards are presented by the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and honors the best in film. Tonight’s show was hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and was televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
This is the first Academy Award win and second nomination for Anne Hathaway. Her previous Oscar nomination was in 2009 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for “Rachel Getting Married.”
Also nominated for Best Achievement by an Actress in a Supporting Role were:
- Helen Hunt for “The Sessions”
- Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Amy Adams for “The Master”
- Sally Field for “Lincoln”
“Les Misérables” is set in 19th-century France and features the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) daughter, Cosette (Isabelle Allen/Amanda Seyfried). The fateful decision changes their lives forever.
“Les Misérables” was nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards, including:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Hugh Jackman
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role to Anne Hathaway
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
- Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
- Best Achievement in Costume Design
- Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
- Best Achievement in Production Design
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com