Anne Hathaway Reflects On Internet Hate After Her Les Mis Oscar Win

By admin Sep16,2023

Anne Hathaway speaks out about the online hate she got after receiving her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Fantine in 2012’s Les Misérables.

Anne Hathaway reflects on the hate she received online after her Les Misérables Oscar win nearly a decade ago. Hathaway, whose career began when she was only 19 years old, became one of America’s sweethearts following her appearances in young adult films including The Princess Diaries (her feature debut) and its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, as well as 2004’s Ella Enchanted. Shortly thereafter she began to appear in buzzy adult dramas – which eventually led to her being nominated for her first Oscar in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married. She also played a young Jane Austen in Becoming Jane and starred in the Oscar-nominated films Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada.

Her second Oscar nomination and first win came when she played Fantine in Tom Hooper’s 2012 film Les Misérables based on the 1985 West End musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name. Fantine is a meaty tragic role who performs the iconic number “I Dreamed a Dream,” and Hathaway’s committed performance was compounded by the well-publicized fact that all the musical performances in the film were captured live on set rather than pre-recorded in order to capture the pure emotion of the songs.

However, after winning Best Supporting Actress at the 85th Academy Awards, Hathway began to receive online hate from people who perceived the Dark Knight Rises actress as being too earnest, too needy about being loved, and exhibiting too much high school theater kid energy, among many other criticisms.

Hathaway recently appeared at a Women in Hollywood event hosted by Elle, who posted a transcript of her speech on their website. She described the occurrence as “an opportunity to look at the language of hatred from a new perspective,” learning that she shouldn’t let those kinds of comments into her heart, as the Internet was amplifying things she already said to herself. She said that she hopes that the people who write those kinds of comments and make judgments on people merely for existing “give themselves a chance to relearn love.” Read her full quote below:

Ten years ago, I was given an opportunity to look at the language of hatred from a new perspective. For context – this was a language I had employed with myself since I was 7. And when your self-inflicted pain is suddenly somehow amplified back at you at, say, the full volume of the internet … It’s a thing.

[Because of this, I realized] I had no desire to have anything to do with this line of energy. I would no longer create art from this place. I would no longer hold space for it, live in fear of it, nor speak its language for any reason. To anyone. Including myself.

There is a difference between existence and behavior. You can judge behavior. You can forgive behavior, or not. But you do not have the right to judge – and especially not hate – someone for existing. And if you do, you’re not where it’s at.

The good news about hate being learned is that whoever learned it can learn. There is a brain there. I hope they give themselves a chance to relearn love.

Why Did People Even Hate Anne Hathaway?!

It is an unfortunate truth about the industry that fame comes in cycles. When the public becomes obsessed with lifting a brand-new star, the time will more or less inevitably come that they are perceived as overstaying their welcome, when people begin to get too familiar with what the star brings to the table. Just as Hathaway was being brought down online, two new stars were rising who would soon experience the same cycle: Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick and The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence.

Hathaway’s Les Misérables win was poorly timed, coming right at the moment that her saturation in pop culture was starting to reach the downward portion of that cycle. While the cycle frequently rotates around again to find the star beloved, it was clearly an upsetting experience for Hathaway at the time. Hopefully, the more that people who have experienced this kind of online hate speak out about it with a new perspective as she has, the more change can

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