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Monday 21 April 2014

Anne Hathaway 'toned down Oscars speech'

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was reportedly “very aware” of the backlash surrounding her overly-emotional acceptance speeches ahead of the Academy Awards.

The star was named best supporting actress for her role in smash hit musical Les Misérables on Sunday. According to insiders, Anne decided to tone down her thank-you after facing harsh criticism for her over-the-top gushy speeches at the SAGs, Golden Globes and BAFTAs during awards season.

"She was very aware that she had been the butt of everyone's jokes," a source told Us Weekly.

It has been claimed that Anne carefully chose each word in her Academy Award speech and put a lot of effort into practising her delivery.

Shortly after claiming her trophy on Sunday evening, Anne admitted she has struggled with some of the backlash she has experienced.

"It does get to me," she revealed. "But you have to remember in life that there's a positive to every negative and a negative to every positive."

During her measured speech, Anne thanked the cast and crew of Les Misérables, singling out her co-star Hugh Jackman as “the best”.

She also revealed meeting her husband Adam Shulman was the greatest moment of the life, before paying tribute to her poverty-stricken prostitute character Fantine.

“Here's hoping someday in the not-too-distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will be only found in fiction and not in real life," she said before leaving the stage.

Despite her cool and collected words, Anne’s speech attracted derision on the internet.

The star’s awards season wardrobe, which included her pale pink Prada dress for the Oscars, was the subject of one particular spoof posting on Twitter.

"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," read the sarcastic tweet.

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