When clips of Anne Hathaway as the doomed Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’ first started appealing online, Oscars prognosticians immediately started saying that her performance would garner her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Now that the film has actually screened for critics, the same people are saying that it’s very unlikely that Hathaway doesn’t walk from the Oscars without the golden statuette.
From the Hollywood Reporter, “On the female side, Anne Hathaway dominates the early going, belting out anguish as the doomed Fantine.” From the Policy Mic, “I dreamed a Dream,” Fantine (Anne Hathaway’s) paean of loss, is delivered in its entirety, a capella, as a tight shot of Hathaway’s face. We see in every quiver of her mouth, and flash of her eyes, the despair, humiliation, and in the end, fury she feels that “life has killed the dream [she] dream[s].”
From Indie Wire, "Anne Hathaway, as you’ve likely heard, is breathtakingly good in her small, but unforgettable role as Fantine. She essentially brings the house down with her stirring rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream.” From the Guardian, "It also means that Les Mis's showstopper is now, officially, I Dreamed a Dream – heroine Fantine's death-rattle rail against her new life of poverty and prostitution; aka the Susan Boyle song. Anne Hathawaysobs her way gamely through it, togs ripped, gnashers stained (the backstreet dentist she's just flogged a few teeth to left the front ones intact). In one unbroken take, she turns the tune into a symphony of phlegmy upset, climaxing in a panic attack of bloke woe. It's a performance of monumental welly, one you'd be too plain frightened to refuse an award."
Not only is she getting raves for her performance, but Hathaway also starred in another box office hit this year, and gave a fantastic performance as another iconic character – Catwoman in ‘Dark Knight Rises’. Look to the Oscars to honor her acting as well as her immense commitment to her roles – she lost a lot of weight and trained for many months to play both characters, and fans and critics alike praised her iterations of Catwoman and Fantine.