Anne Hathaway On Her 2013 Oscar Win: 'I Tried to Pretend I Was Happy and Got Called Out Big Time'

Image via Getty.
Image via Getty.

Remember when Anne Hathaway walked onstage at the 2013 Oscars to accept the award for Best Supporting Actress (one that everyone knew she was going to win), approached the microphone, showed the audience that 10,000-jigawatt smile of hers, and whimpered, “It came true”? Well, she was lying. Winning an Oscar may have been a dream of hers, but not for that particular performance in that particular movie.


In an interview with The Guardian, Hathaway spoke at length about the discomfort she felt “standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime” to accept an award “for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings.”

She said:

I felt very uncomfortable. 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...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.

Her acceptance speech made people uncomfortable (remember “Hathahaters”?) because she was uncomfortable giving it. Makes sense. Fortunately, the interview ends on a high note. Oh wait, no it doesn’t:

Did you ever have a plan B if this all didn’t work out?

I think I would probably have four unturned chairs on The Voice. No, I think I would be a professional drunk. Or I would be a really inspiring community leader. One or the other.

Someone send Anne an Edible Arrangement yesterday.

Staff Writer, Jezebel | Man


she didn’t deserve any of the hate she got. we made fun of her for being thirsty for an oscar when everyone in the industry is. why did she get singled out?

let’s stop building actresses up (___ is your new bff, new it girl,new girlfriend, relatable, likable, fuckable, “cool girl”) and trashing them every month.