ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

In 2013, Anne Hathaway won an Oscar for her role in Les Misérables. She gave a speech in which she seemed surprised and a little tearful, but for some reason, the internet H-A-T-E-D it. Hathaway got so much hate that the term "Hathahaters" was coined. To this day, I have no idea what bothered people so much about it.

You can watch her acceptance speech from 2:07.

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After a few years of chilling out, relaxin' and actin' all cool, Hathaway has weathered the storm and emerged a stronger person, never sinking to the level of the boring trolls who harangued her. Opening up to The Guardian, she explained why her speech felt "uncomfortable," and how she learned to get over the fallout:

"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 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. 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."

Whatever you think of Anne Hathaway, most of us have better things to do than pour hate onto an actress for giving a "weird" speech at the Academy Awards. Good on you for learning from that horrible experience, Anne!

This is the performance in Les Miserables that bagged her the Oscar.


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[The Guardian]


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