Actress says she didn't feel happy when she collected her trophy for 'Les Misérables'
Anne Hathaway has admitted she felt “very uncomfortable” while collecting her Oscar in 2013.
The actress’s incredibly committed performance in movie musical Les Misérables won her the prize for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 85th Academy Awards. She beat off strong competition from Sally Field, Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt.
However, her acceptance speech – which famously began with Hathaway saying “it came true” – was widely-mocked afterwards, provoking an unexpected backlash against the actress.
“I felt very uncomfortable,” Hathaway recalled in an interview with The Guardian.
“I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet. Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness. It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy.”
“I didn’t feel that way,” the actress continued. “I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings.”
She added: “I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time. That’s the truth and that’s what happened. It sucks. But what you learn from it is that you only feel like you can die from embarrassment, you don’t actually die.”