Anne Hathaway practiced her Oscar speech because she’s ‘aware’ of the backlash

GAH! I want this sweater coat. I’m not into the (admittedly) pretty maxi dress or the snakeskin purse (?), but I really want the coat. These are photos of Anne at a breakfast business meeting in Brentwood yesterday – perhaps she’s lining up her next project…? So far, Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway’s next films are going to be a hodge-podge of non-Oscar-bait fare, like the sequel to Rio (the animated film) and a part in her friend Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction (which looks rough). She’s also rumored to be attached to some Steven Spielberg Robo-something movie with Chris Hemsworth. So… no prestige pictures yet.

Meanwhile, everyone is still dealing with the Hathaway Backlash. As in, there was a backlash against her little girl voice and her cloying and her LOOK AT ME-ness. What’s horrible is that some of you accused me of being part of the backlash! Have you not been following my coverage of poor Annie? I actually like her, and I’m a full-on Hathaway apologist. Yes, she’s annoyed me at times but I was still rooting for her (mostly because she makes news and she’s fun to cover). So please don’t confuse me with all of the people with a Hathaway Hate-On. That’s not me! Although I will throw a side-eye at her for playing the victim in the wake of her Oscar win:

Practice makes perfect! After facing some backlash over her emotional Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA acceptance speeches, Anne Hathaway worked very hard on preparing her thank-you for the Oscars.

After winning the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award on Sunday, Feb. 24, the Les Miserables actress admitted that her feelings were hurt by criticism. “It does get to me,” Hathaway, 30, said. “But you have to remember in life that there’s a positive to every negative and a negative to every positive.”

Though the actress tries to brush off the negative comments, a source tells Us Weekly that Hathaway did practice her Oscar speech a lot to try and be more likable. “She was very aware that she had been the butt of everyone’s jokes,” the source says.

Hathaway also worried about picking the perfect gown for her big night. “My dress is Prada and I didn’t know what I was wearing until about 3 hours ago,” she told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.

“Procrastination?” the E! host asked.

“No, I think I was just working too hard,” she explained.

Indeed, the source tells Us that Hathaway had four dresses in the running including a dress by Valentino, who designed the gown she wore to her September 2012 wedding to Adam Shulman. But the actress ultimately settled on the revealing Prada dress, telling Seacrest, “It was the one that spoke to me.”

The pale pink design featured pointy darts on the bustline that inspired a HathawayNipple Twitter account. Spoofing Hathaway’s acceptance speech, one tweet said, “Here’s hoping that someday — in the not too distant future — my wardrobe misfortunes will only be found in stories and never more in real life.”

[From Us Weekly]

Sure, there’s a “damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t” vibe about this. Some people are going to be critical of Anne no matter what. I don’t care that she worked on her acceptance speech – she came into the Oscars as a “sure thing” and she’d won every award up until that point. What bugs me is that she practiced her Oscar speech… and her speech was super-annoying. The baby voice has to go – people aren’t expecting Anne to be a breathy little girl with a “sexy baby” voice. That’s totally Kardashian/Paris Hilton. Just talk like a normal adult woman and everyone will like it so much better.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. mkyarwood says:

    Time to get out of character, Annie.

  2. Ms Kay says:

    Oh FFS AnnE just sod off already!!!

  3. flor says:

    In before all the negativity comes in, I just want to say that Anne is a perfectionist. We know it. She knows it. She went too far this award season but I like that, at least, she did not downplay her ambition.

  4. lflips says:

    Has she always seemed this desperate or is this a new development? I’m starting to turn on her – which is strange because I used to really like her.

  5. mom2two says:

    I really was annoyed by her during this awards season. I do agree that she is a perfectionist and I think her campaign/press strategy turned a lot of people off. She’s a good actress. She doesn’t need to sound like a baby nor does she need to go out there and be like, “LIKKKEEE MEEE, PLEASE!” Anne, be a confident woman! I feel like this Oscar season just exposed her as a neurotic mess and I don’t want to know that she (or any actor) is really that way.

  6. Francesca says:

    What is wrong with her, seriously! How can she not grasp how annoying she is? It’s like she is completely oblivious to how she comes across. It would be so easy for her to be less awful, but she just can’t seem to help herself.

  7. ctkat1 says:

    While she annoyed me completely, I actually feel a little badly for her (I mean, as badly as one can feel for a super successful and rich movie star with an Oscar).

    It’s hard to do an Oscar campaign as a younger actress, because naked ambition is a turn off for many, but it takes naked ambition to get through an awards season. Natalie Portman annoyed me similarly, with her “creator of this amazing creation” pregnancy schlock.

  8. marie says:

    why is she dressed like a grandma? if she just went away for a while I might could like her again.

  9. Jayna says:

    It was a nice speech. They alll write or rough out their speeches and memorize the basic part of their speech.

  10. Rikki says:

    That’s kinds sad. I feel bad for her but that’s Hollywood. People will criticize you one way or another.

  11. Feebee says:

    I really like her acting. She’s great on screen. But this awards season as a person she’s been really annoying. The wanton ambition for recognition. It’s okay to want the award but she should follow her co-star’s lead. We know Hugh wanted the award too, however he handled it with grace and humor.

    I thought we were in for another horrible speech with the ‘it came true’ opener. It wasn’t horrible just horribly over-rehearsed. I know she’s damned either way but she came with acting cred and now people care less about that because she was sooooo annoying.

    (By ‘people’ I mean me :) )

    • ctkat1 says:

      Excellent advice: When in doubt about how to handle 98% of Hollywood, look to Hugh Jackman.

      He was thrilled to be nominated, he was equally as theater-geeked about being in Les Miserables as Hathaway was, and he thought he had a tiny chance of winning. All of this came through, but none of it was off putting.

      (I do wonder if that is because we as a country are more forgiving of ambition and drive in men and not so much in women…)

  12. Hannah says:

    What a mess of an outfit! Flowery dress, Cardigan, weird sunglasses, snakeskin purse and a Lanvin tote bag? WTF?

  13. Hmmm says:

    The sweater coat is all wrong for that dress. That’s all I have to say because what she says is not that interesting, nor is she.

  14. Eh...I'm Indifferent says:

    Michelle Williams all over again.

  15. andrea says:

    I think just about everyone who knows they have a shot works on their speech or at least runs through their thank you list. Like Kaiser, what irritates me about Anne is that we know she worked on all her awards season speeches, and yet they were all still so badly put together and so breathlessly, pretentiously “OMFG I didn’t expect this!”

  16. bns says:

    Pretty much everyone annoyed me this awards season. I’m glad it’s over.

  17. AquaticMusings says:

    “No, I was just working too hard.”
    She is SO relatable.

  18. Elceibeno says:

    I’ve seen a similar sweater at Kohl’s I think.

  19. Nicolette says:

    What an outfit. Ugh, so wrong on so many levels. She clearly was the subject of a blind I read yesterday which had to do with her bizarre “positive to every negative” mumbo jumbo and how those around here were rolling their eyes and asking what the F she was talking about. Now that award season is done can she take a break and drop out of sight for a while?

  20. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    I LOVE the dress and bag.

    I think the sweater kills it. And the face-print bag. Both of those look like something I’d've tried to rock in 1999.

    Torn on the sunglasses.

  21. kingkayski says:

    What a fug ensemble,it’s so wrong in so many level.Her “It came true” speech really sealed the deal for me with her ott rehearsed speech.She couldn’t be more annoying if she tried.Too bad her talent overshadowed by her stupid campaigning antics.

  22. HK9 says:

    I think the tide went against Anne when she corrected the spelling of her name in her speech at another awards show. It showed her true colours and there was no going back after that. She showed herself to be a petty human being, and that’s bad.

  23. Debbie says:

    My problem was she was trying to be likable and so it’s not real she isn’t presenting anything authentic. So it feels disingenuous and fake, I don’t she is the sweet humble person she tries to sell.

    If she’d be slightly honest and real and stop trying to be America’s sweetheart she might actually be likable.

  24. poppy says:

    dear stephen huvane,
    can you present annE more like julianne moore and less like gwyneth paltry?
    anne can actually act and sing. treat her accordingly and people might stop hating on her like she’s anniston or goop.
    love, the world

    she’s a control freak. any implication she procrastinated on the dress shot right down and played as “working too hard” even though she stated and wants everyone to believe it was a last minute choice. the whole “i didn’t know what i was wearing until the last minute” BS is tired. for literally months you had many many choices and you still picked and wore your first choice. suck it up.

  25. Shira says:

    Well, she failed with the dress.
    As for her speech I don’t even remember it, so… success I guess? Remembering Anne is not a good thing lately.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    I would love it if just one winner went up there and said, “Thanks Academy, I was really hoping to get one of these.”

    Like everyone else said, it’s the breathy, oh gosh, me? shtick that’s really grating. Be ambitious but own that sh*t.

  27. Amy says:

    She is so thirsty and desperate and looks pathetic. And btw, what the hell is she wearing?! She has the absolute worst style.

  28. lucy2 says:

    I think working on and practicing a speech isn’t a bad idea, esp. if you’re pretty much a sure thing to win.
    But she just pushed too hard and seemed too desperate to win. It didn’t help that by comparison, none of the other nominees took it THAT seriously.

  29. scarlett says:

    Her whole persona (and speeches) during this awards season has been cloying and overly effusive and I think it just grated on everyone’s nerves. There is something about her that seems so contrived and desperate to be liked or regarded that it just feels so forced. She needs to just disappear for awhile.

  30. Maxine says:

    WOW! Compare the pictures of JLAW post Oscars coming out of the hairdresser’s looking like she’s going to bust she’s so giddy and happy with this pictures. Hope it was worth it AnnE.

  31. Bijlee says:

    Did anyone see her post Oscar interview with the press. I cringed and could not get thru it. Just terrible.

    • Lindy79 says:

      The press interview was worse than the speech, she kept up with the breathy child voice but threw in some “sorry, it’s all too emotional” silences.
      Nothing at all wrong with rehearsing your speech, whether you’re a shoe in to win or not, it would be silly not to have something prepared but honestly…if that was the best she could do knowing that there was backlash already, it doesn’t say much for her.

      I know J-Law got ambushed by Jack Nicholson but if you look at her interview compared to AnnE’s in this clip…it just shows how unnatural she is.

  32. palermo says:

    She just reminds me of the nerdy girl in high school that tries way too hard to be popular. Everything she has done in the last year has been gross. The crotch shot, the nipple dress, the stupid voice and fake humility. I used to like her, now I can’t stand her.

  33. Toot says:

    I feel bad for Anne. Ya’ll are harsh. She just seems to be awkward.

  34. Anna00 says:

    I feel bad for her, but I still find her annoying.

  35. Ros says:

    If she had practiced so much (and had talent), she could’ve pulled it off. I don’t need media to tell me that she is just a pain. She may be peppy and cheerful but her lame tag-on about prostitution just shows how “try-hard” she is. I’ll give her that she really got into her role and made extreme sacrifices to portray Fantine, But, her speech gives her away no matter how much she may have/have not practiced. WT*? Was prostitution an issue she has ever spoken about in its present day existence other than she had to lose weight to do it? It’s just better to accept that THIS IS the genuine Hathaway – ‘scuse me AnnE. She’s just one of those girls that comes off insincere no matter how she tries.

  36. Itsa says:

    I don’t understand why everyone hates on her for being too nice. Maybe she gets nervous when she has to speak publicly. Actors can be shy people. Maybe she does have low self esteem and that’s why she speaks with a higher pitched voice when she’s speaking publicly. Maybe she is genuinely shocked that she’s won. She’s human. I just think hating on anyone for being modest is really strange.

  37. Elle Kaye says:

    I feel sorry for her. Can you imagine having to live your life so “practiced?” She didn’t allow herself to enjoy the moment. Year after year we have watched actresses give heartfelt speeches. Their excitement and emotion tugs at us. We didn’t see that with her. It was like sitting through a lecture. She needs to live her life, not act it out.

  38. Jane says:

    The whole Oscar campaign stuff drives me batty. I hate it like a passion and this year’s was horrid. Lawrence, had just as much of a campaign, but for some reason, she or Harvey, made sure she came across as genuine and sweet. Can you imagine if Hathaway had flipped the bird–all Hell would have broken loose.

    I guess the men just decided not to try since they all knew Daniel Day-Lewis was going to win and he was always so natural and nice and deserved it, you can’t hate on him.

    Glad this season is over. Way too long.

  39. Jaana says:

    I don’t know where all this GOOPY pretentiousness came from with her. She swears she is so high and mighty and such a great actress when it was a airport TSA told her to “Stop Doing Stupid Movies”. That’s when she became all high and mighty.

  40. KellyinSeattle says:

    I don’t like the afghan-style sweater; looks too bulky IMO…I agree, I don’t mind if she practiced her speech, but the speech SUCKED.

  41. Alana Fajina says:

    All I can think of now is how we are going to have it shoved down our throats; THEE OSCAR WINNING ANNE HATHAWAY!

    Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! =/

  42. Latifah says:

    Okay, so i just youtubed her acceptance speech, since i don’t have a tv so i didn’t watch the Oscars. I’ve never liked Anne Hathaway, there was something so off-putting about her that i could never put my finger on. Watching her acceptance speech made me want to barf. She is so fake! That speech was most certainly the performance of her lifetime, and i’m surprised that she STILL doesn’t understand why there is such a huge backlash against her. Just go away for a long, looong time Anne. I really, really dislike her and i feel like a lot of insider people in Hollywood do too.

  43. lindylou says:

    Watch the raw footage of the press interview, if you think the speech was bad…

  44. Annette says:

    Just a question – if she was just as ambitious as she is now, but OWNED that ambition, would you guys like her more? Is it not the ambition itself but the fact that she tries to be sweet, ever so humble, and sooooo not expecting all these awards? (which makes her seem like a phoney, since her ambition and campaigning is obvious)??? Or is it more the ambition itself you all don’t like?

  45. lindylou says:

    Personally for me its the fake nicey sweet little girl voice and the faux “ohmygod” shock displayed despite being the favourite since day one and now the throwaway mentions about darkness in the role, like she is now some campsigner for womens rights. She only started that after the backlash.
    Ive no issue with ambition, hell if I were an actress of course I would want an oscar,

  46. Peta says:

    I’m shocked as the getup she’s wearing in these photos. This is the day after she won an Oscar, of course she’d be photographed, and she went out in LA looking like THAT?? Omfg. I’ve seen better taste on a bag lady. She looks miserable here.

    People keep harping she’s unhumble and has a ginormous ego; after seeing these pics there’s no way that’s possible, NO ONE with an ego would go out looking like that never mind a Hollywood star…as I’ve posted before I think there’s something really wrong with her. Maybe depression or something. She’s just so OFF from what she used to be.

  47. Anna Connolly says:

    Seriously, she is not that good an actress – she’s ok & she’ll probably have a few good roles in her career but that’s it. She’s a ham – AnnE!

  48. Slicker says:

    Say what you want but Anne did deserve he Oscar whereas Jennifer Lawrence didn’t.
    Really sad how great and talented actors/actreses like Leo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchet, Naomi Watts haven’t won an Oscar like that and Jennifer lawrence, who has no real past amazing movie histroy, no real good work got one out to of popularity and Harvey Weinstien.
    Anne has worked hard for many years, grown as an actress and given great movies and acting. I am glad she got it.
    Who will remember Jennifer Lawrence in the years to come? No one. Anne will be remebered, not her.

  49. lisa2 says:

    I think Anne’s problem is she is reading everything said about her despite her saying it doesn’t matter. You can tell when celebs are reading that gossip sites. They either adjust to change or they over compensate. Anne over compensates. I remember when she did that first Oscar’s Round table. And she was very young and wanted so so much for everyone there to accept her. She was like a girl pressing her nose to the window.

    I don’t dislike Anne, there are several celebs she reminds me of. SJP and Kate Winslet. They all talk the same. I just think Ann needs to stop reading what is said and just do her thing. She said she was so happy she could incorporate her “musical theater” love in her acting. I think she would do so much better On Stage. That BIG Emotion would be great.

    She said she wouldn’t be working until the Fall and she was going to enjoy being married and play board games.

    bye for now Anne

    • Lentejuela says:

      Who do you mean when you say that Anne reminds you of SJP?

    • Lentejuela says:

      With regard to her not well-matched attire the day after the Oscars going to that breakfast meeting, it is a relaxed one and shows she wants to be casual and herself. If she wants to avoid criticism, though, which she knows it will come, she should pay more attention. I am sure that she is capable of making better choiches when she gets dressed up to go out on the spotlight even if it is in the morning and a casual meeting. She has to remember she just won an Oscar and she will be on the spotlight for some time, even if she does not want to. See my previous comment a few paragraphs below about the way she speaks. I tried to fit this one after that one but this one now appears first.

  50. mollination says:

    Her part in Don Jon’s Addiction (which is amazles, by the way – not rough at all) is a spoof of herself. So maybe people will like her after they see it. It’s just a cameo though — she doesn’t have an actual role in the movie.

  51. Ally8 says:

    I think the short hair and baby voice “gamine” strategy is kind of SWF-ing Michelle Williams in the run-up to her best-actress nomination.

    Many people do like a seemingly non-threatening girl, even if some of us find the schtick degrading. It seems to have worked quite well for both these young women at the Academy Awards.

    • Annette says:

      IA – a lot of women (understandably) loathe that sugar and spice schtick, however from a purely strategic point of view it does actually seem to work quite well when it comes to the Acadamy (remember that most of them are older men). This strategey sadly probably *will* win you an oscar or at least a nom, but it will also lose you a good chunk of female fans.

  52. Sandra Sydney says:

    Yeah, jog on, Annie. I don’t think she’s much of a talent , at all. She is so over-rated. She has face like dropped pie.That short hairstyle makes her look like a 12-year-old schoolboy.

    • Lentejuela says:

      I have not “The Miserables”, only video clips of her part and it did not impress me or particularly liked it. But I will wait to see the entire film to have a well-founded opinion. And even though I have not see Lincoln either, only video clips, it seemed to me that Sally Field deserved the Oscar for the supporting role. But again, I will wait to see both films.

      As for the way Anne comes across to the public, I think she lacks self-confidence, she is insecure, which does not allow her to be herself and that is the reason why she rehearses so much. However, the more she rehearses, the less natural she is, of course; it does not help her at all. She would be better off not rehearsing but in my opinion, I think that she needs to do so because she does not trust herself, she is insecure. She will overcome that with time, as she grows older. In the meantime, she can help herself by not trying to be what she is not, she just needs to be her real self, leaving aside whether she will be liked or/and accepted and welcomed. And she has to remember that no matter what, all actors are always critized and scrutinized. It is a hard-life for actors but that’s the price they have to pay if they want to be on the spotlight. If they cannot take it and it is very hurtful, they are better off stepping out of the spotlight as much as they can. Take a look at Woody Allen, he stays away from Hollywood and never goes to an Oscar ceremony and lives his own life without giving a damn about what they think or say about him.