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Oscars 2013: Anne Hathaway of 'Les Miserables' wins Best Supporting Actress

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02/24/2013 by Corinne Heller

Anne Hathaway has won the 2013 Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the hit Broadway musial "Les Miserables," marking her first win and second nomination.

The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. Hathaway beat Sally Field of "Lincoln," Jacki Weaver of "Silver Linings Playbook," Helen Hunt of "The Sessions" and Amy Adams of "The Master."

"It came true," Hathaway said in her acceptance speech, her voice shaking.

She thanked her co-stars, her associates and her husband, Adam Shulman. The two wed in September of last year.

"By far and away the greatest moment of my life was the one where you walked into it," she said.

In "Les Miserables," Hugh Jackman plays an ex-convict on the run, Jean Valjean, while Russell Crowe plays the police inspector Javert, who is obsessed with putting him back in jail. Hathaway stars as an impoverished, ill single mother, Fantine, who becomes a prostitute out of desperation and asks Valjean to raise her daughter, Cosette. Amanda Seyfriend plays the child when she is older.

Hathaway won a Golden Globe for her role in "Les Miserables" in January. The actress was previously nominated for an Oscar nomination in 2009 for the film "Rachel Getting Married." She rose to fame with the "Princess Diaries" and is also known for her performances in movies such as "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Dark Knight Rises," in which she played Catwoman.

"Les Miserables" was nominated for eight Oscars. It is the first musical movie to be nominated for Best Picture since the 2002 movie "Chicago." Jackman also earned an individual Oscar nod -- his first.

He and and Hathaway went through physical and emotionally difficult transformations for their roles. Both practically starved themselves to lose weight to appear malnourished. (Check out details about the odd diet Hathaway put herself on to lose 25 pounds for "Les Miserables".) Jackman then put on 30 pounds for the scenes in which Valjean lives a secret life as a French aristocrat. (Check out Check out 9 facts about Hugh Jackman and his "Les Miserables" experience.)

Hathaway also chopped off her hair because Fantine sells herself as part of her attempts to raise money for her daughter.

"The hair scared me more [than losing weight], because I just think being a woman, you're used to dieting - this was obviously an extreme version of that, but cutting your hair off? It's so definite," she told OTRC.com.

Hathaway's mother also played Fantine in a "Les Miserables" musical tour when the actress was seven years old.

"I'd like to think that I would have worked just as hard and I would have given myself over to it just as much, but there's just something undeniable about how real these stories felt to me," Hathaway told OTRC.com. "And, I think those emotions resonate with me on a human level as deeply as they do because I saw my mom go through it, and I felt the power of her performance, and it stayed with me - so I think that that, it did color my perception on what the piece is about."

Watch the trailer and a clip from Hathaway's performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" in "Les Miserables" below./p>

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