Anne Hathaway covers Vogue, campaigns hard for her Oscar: try-hard or worthy?

Anne Hathaway covers the December issue of Vogue Magazine, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Annie really, really wants her Oscar and she thinks Les Miserables is the way she’s going to get it. I do think this is probably her year to win it – especially if she’s nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category. If she shoots for the stars and calls the part “Best Actress” material… then I don’t know. Anyway, the Vogue story is online and you can read it here. It’s very, very heavy on the Les Mis details and there are interviews with nearly everyone involved with the production – it’s kind of cute how much Hugh Jackman loves Anne, and to their credit, it sounds like all of the actors got along really well. As for this pictorial… rough. Very rough. These Annie Leibovitz photos are not good. Some highlights from the interview:

Anne on cutting her hair off: “I love the short-haired lifestyle,” Hathaway tells me with a laugh (she laughs a lot). “It’s awesome that I was able to go for a hike right before I came here to meet you, quickly wash my hair, and now it’s dry.” The only downside, she says, is having to get her hair cut every three weeks. “But I’m turning 30, and—I hope this isn’t obnoxious to say—I feel prettier, and much more myself. I guess I just feel much more satisfied with less now.”

Pres. Obama called Anne “the best thing” in The Dark Knight Rises: “I’m a blusher, and just being inches from him, I went scarlet from the tips of my toes to the tops of my ears.”

Auditioning for Les Mis: “I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me,” she says. “Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.”

Losing weight for the role: Before the start of shooting, she went on a strict cleanse and lost ten pounds, which in the early scenes of the film gives her a gossamer quality. She then took two weeks off and lost another fifteen pounds by following a near-starvation diet, consisting of two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death,” she recalls. “Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

On her wedding: “Oh, my God, I had a blast. Our friends stayed and partied and danced till really late.”

She wants to be a mom: “And now, of course, with me having this beyond-my-wildest-dreams success in my own career—and beyond the success, the joy I take just getting to be an actor—knowing what that must have been like for her to put that aside for the good of her children. Oh, my God. I want to be a mother, and I anticipate loving my children quite fiercely. I think about it all the time, though it’s a silly thing to think about because the kind of mother I’ll be depends on the kind of children I have. I can’t wait to meet them.” For now, she feels as if she’s right where she’s meant to be. “I’d feel a little silly and overly dramatic to say that this feels like destiny. But to have this come full circle in such a spectacular way—it’s making me very happy… OK, it feels a little like destiny.”

[From Vogue]

Dear Academy: Annie WANTS it. She really, really wants it. She talked about her wedding. She talked about babies. She will campaign hard for her Oscar. You better give it to her.

You can read more at Vogue.

Photos courtesy of Annie Leibovitz/Vogue, slideshow here.

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  1. Amelia says:

    What the hell have they done to her eyes in the first photo?
    I don’t recall eyes ever sitting at that sort of angle …

  2. Samigirl says:

    The pictorial is not her best at all, but I did enjoy the interview. I love Anne, and I cannot WAIT to see Les Mis!

  3. Talie says:

    Well, she’ll have to duke it out with Amy Adams who is past due and will be on her, I think, 4th nomination.

  4. andy says:

    Auditioning for Les Mis: “I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me,” she says. “Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.”

    No one would accuse you of being arrogant, Anne.

  5. Victoria says:

    Does Vogue hate her? Because those pictures are awful. Unless its part of the Oscar campaign to look awful in movies and pictures for the damn statue

  6. Amy says:

    Her part won’t be large enough for Best Actress, and she knows she doesn’t stand a chance against Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and a few others anyway. It’s going to take more than one sad song scene to win, though. I find her annoying and a tryhard.

  7. Tiffany27 says:

    Only Anne Hathaway would say “I turned scarlet from the tips of my toes to my ears”.
    You blushed hooker, no big deal.

  8. Bluedog says:

    What is wrong with Annie Liebowitz? Are her personal problems getting to her? Those pictures aren’t even close to good and AH looks absurd.

  9. Shelley says:

    I think she looks amazing..where have you ever seen her looking better???!!!!
    i love that ruffled white shirt with the brocade waistcoat. I would so wear that!

  10. epiphany says:

    Just another case of Hollywood pushing an very ordinary looking woman down our throats and trying to convince us she’s gorgeous. Long hair or short, you wouldn’t look twice at her if she was a cashier at Costco.

  11. lily says:

    Why Vogue always choose terrible cover photo? Her eyes look so weird.

  12. kixendawn says:

    yikes rip a Lady apart much. I dunno i feel like all the time women are like ‘oh there are too many plastic surgery bimbos on tv and movies we need more realistic looking women to represent us’ Well i think Anne hathaway is just that. she may not be the typical uber perfect model actress. But dont her differences make her unique and beautiful like every one of us.

  13. Jenna says:

    Well the pictorial made me laugh.

  14. Erandyn says:

    Omg, could she possibly look more pretentious??

  15. Christie says:

    I hate Oscar campaigns. By the time the awards get here, I always just want the person who campaigned the least to win.

  16. LucyOriginal says:

    Les mis is one of my fave books. I saw it on Broadway too. My expectations are really high for this movie.

    She may get the nomination, but it is not her time to win yet. It will take more than lose weigh and short hair for it. But then again, we are talking about Hollywood and the golden award not always go to the best actor.

  17. mia girl says:

    Yes, she wants the Oscar. My hope is that she deserves it, because I sooooo want this movie to be great. I hope Hugh and Russell deliver performances of a lifetime. I hope Tom Hooper directs an epic film. I can not wait to see it.

  18. Boo says:

    I think we should do a special “Caption This” for the head-thrown-back, legs-spread picture. It’s just too good.

  19. BengalCat2000 says:

    I know she’s an actress, but does she have to be so dramatic? I’ve never much cared for her, but the bits of that interview were so arrogant. And that pictorial sucks. I do not find her attractive & she comes across as insuffurable in real life.

    • T.C. says:

      Arrogant X 20. If that is her Oscar campaign someone needs to tell her STFU. She gives one of the worst interviews. Not her fault but that lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks by starving herself with only bits of oatmeal paste is ridiculous.

      I like the cover pic but the rest are laughable. The Les Mis pictorial is horrible. Amanda Seyfried looks like a sherpard girl. The rest look dead behind the eyes.

  20. Lisa says:

    She looks like the mad Hatter….

  21. Newyorking says:

    Terrible pics. Terribly overrated actress. Vogue has gone downhill.

  22. Marianne says:

    Anytime, I hear Anne sing “I dreamed a Dream” in the trailers, I start tearing up. I have no doubt in my mind that she will definitely be deserving of an oscar. Only time will tell, as the movie still has another month to go.

  23. jinni says:

    Can Vouge please get another photographer to take their pics, because Annie Leboivitz han’ts been good in a loooong time. The pics are either boring or photoshopped to death were it looks like a weird painting.

  24. Dhavy says:

    These actors campaign so hard for an Oscar these past few years it’s disgusting. Let the performance speak for itself, there are a lot of actors who’ve won and then you don’t hear from them again

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Exactly. Who is actually ever charmed by these clammy displays of boot-licking and smugness that go on for months? I am not a member of the ‘I Ain’t Too Proud To Beg Association’, which makes me realize that I wish I mattered or had power because if I had the means and opportunity to eliminate these Death By Weinstein pageants (thereby taking out Marchesa because when you sever the head, the body dies) would you be mad at me for exercising it? No. And I wouldn’t just be the hero to like-minded individuals, I’d be my own danged heroine.

      You can’t modify your performance one it’s committed to film, you don’t get any do-overs and where’s the sense in promising people something you did? Is that how the time-space continuum works, because I don’t remember any conversations about that last time I was playing the land edition of water polo followed by ‘brunch-tast’ with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and I would have remembered that! Gosh, I think we need another presidential campaign/election to wash the Oscar taint taint taste out of some mouths.

  25. Ranunculus says:

    If she gets an Oscar nom the members of the academy have completely lost their minds!

  26. Bobby the K says:

    “…the idea was to look near death,”

    That isn’t true either. Like it or don’t even royals in those days were covered in lice and scabs for a variety of reasons. Bad rotten teeth.
    Getting a haircut and going on a diet should mean what?

  27. LeeLoo says:

    I’m sorry but sacrificing your hair and losing a bunch of weight does not mean you deserve an Oscar.

    I really don’t like Anne. Her high maintenance and superficial behavior rubs me the wrong way. This interview just proves all the more why I don’t like her. She is the arrogant and shallow snobby girl from high school.

  28. Mary says:

    I adore Les Mis (in a very nerdy way)and I do think Fantine is a really important for the story, but she’s in it for like 1/3. No matter how fantastic Anne would be in the role, no way could such a small part give her a nomination for Best Actress, could it?

  29. bns says:

    How was her wedding “secret” when she sold the pictures to Us Weekly?

    And did Annie Leibovitz do this? She and Mario Testino haven’t been good in years, but Vogue insists on hiring them. Ugh.

  30. La Calabaza says:

    The pictures are beyond ugliness. Anne is a decent girl that with the right makeup and styling manages to look pretty. In this case, she looks clownish, a crazy clown.

    As for her quotes, the same old unsufferable b*tch

  31. Lauren says:

    @Marianne, “movie blogs”? Are you kidding? You are kidding, right?

  32. j.eyre says:

    I know studios will never shell out the money but since we can do entire casts in CG for sci-fi purposes, it would be nice if they could digitally emaciate a person instead of these dramatic weight losses. Two thin oatmeal pastes a day is not something any young person should read and aspire to.

  33. Ginger says:

    Okay, someone screwed up on those photos…either the photographer or the editor. She has her eyes closed, I don’t get it. As a photographer I would not have considered them. But whatever, artistic license I suppose. The cover is flattering to Anne, however. That’s the only positive I can see.

  34. A Fan says:


    She is not photogenic nor are they good photographs. Really bad.

  35. G says:

    Call me old fashioned, but I really prefer to see people rewarded for trying hard instead of being rewarded for their sullen self entitlement while wearing borrowed jewelry.

  36. Snowpea says:

    Oh god, I CANNOT stand this woman.

    She REEKS of the teacher’s pet who nobody liked at school…the one who would always be cleaning the blackboard or running errands for them (but then would be mean to the other girls behind the teacher’s back)

    She’s a mean goody-two-shoes…

    I saw her in The Devil Wears Prada and she, quite frankly, makes me WINCE!

  37. Sweet Dee says:

    The multitude of comments on here about people thinking her eyes look weird just shows what someone can do with a great makeup artist. Her eyes aren’t photoshopped, they always look like that. She has a makeup stylist who hides the droop and then she always has her eyes WIDE OPEN in most photographs so it’s less obvious.

    I do think they did that on purpose though because Anna Wintour doesn’t like her. I mean, what is that puffy shirt jester vester outfit? All they had to do was tell her it’s ugly chic and I’m sure she was on board.

  38. muppet_barbershop says:

    I admit to being a fan of Leibowitz and to a lesser extent of Hathaway, but I like these photos. I find them refreshing. They’re certainly simple, but in a good way.

  39. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Well, they’re certainly not re-making theatrical releases of this book enough, maybe someone should try Jane Eyre next. And featuring an actress who admits she’s not a great singer? Frigging asinine. That’s your cue to just read the dang book, instead. Get through all the priest stuff that comes before the entrance of Jean Valjean and it’s clear sailing, but the barcode would still be better than a (literally) de-fanged Anne spewing junk about some baby she doesn’t have for a tacky statue. Can you tell that I *really* hate awards shows and avoid them like the plague? Sometimes, I’m not, but sometimes I’m smart. Free us or let us die, or just hurl a Susan Boyle at this thing.

  40. Alison says:

    I love Anne Hathaway – she gets better every year. She will be here for a long time… and she is wholesomely beautiful. You get that Oscar!!

  41. TheOneAndOnly says:

    Yes, Vogue has gone downhill – can AW stop using it as a hollywood marketing outreach rag and go back to actual fashion, if that’s possible. Naomi, Cindy, Yasmeen, Christy,etc. on the cover from the supermodel era blows Anne Hathaway completely on to US weekly where she belongs.

  42. Holly Hobby says:

    She does not looks got with short hair. I prefer the long version because it doesn’t call out her features.

    I find it funny that she likes her hair because why did she wrap that ugly band aid around her head when she got married? That band aid covered her beloved short hair.

  43. Nicolette says:

    Explain the allure of this woman to me, because I just don’t get it. I loved “The Devil Wears Prada”, but that’s due to Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci whom I just loved.

    And I keep saying it, if they ever do a film about Liza Minnelli, she’s their girl.

  44. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    She has changed a lot in the last few years. She used to be sweeter, more wholesome….I think she is very very ambitious though and it shows in the way she speaks.
    Cant stand her ugly husband. Dont “get” the attraction to him at all, AT ALL……
    and, normally I find her looks stunningly beautiful….HOWEVER, this shoot is a HOT MESS. Wow, can you make her look any UGLIER????

  45. Apsutter says:

    I like Anne Hathaway and I’m very excited for les Mis. This girl can sing and I think she’ll knock it out of the park. Did you guys see her appearance on snl this week? She was great and so enthusiastic and happy to be there. I love when they have hosts like that. I wouldn’t mind her getting an Oscar, she’s a good actor who was great in “Rachel Getting Married.”

  46. ben says:

    She looks like the Joker from Batman.

  47. Mindy says:

    I don’t understand her “humor” on SNL; a pregnant woman and a survivor. Where’s this coming from?

  48. Marilu says:

    She may be talented but i find her overconfidence about her audition a bit conceited. Plus we all know that oatmeal paste is what she eats everyday. Furthermore, there are plenty of makeup techniques out there to make someone look starved. This is just publicity.