|Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Miserables and Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises|
We're half-way through 2012 as a year of Film and although I have yet to be supremely-wowed yet by any performances to-date, we cannot deny that this is Anne Hathaway's year. In just a few months' time, she may well be an Oscar Winner in the category of Supporting Actress with two well-placed gigs which with the correct campaigning will have her v. visible on the radars of Academy Voters.
Already having received universal praise for her performance as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight Rises from Vanity Fair to President Obama, perhaps Hathaway's biggest shot is Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, due for a release mid-December via Universal Pictures? The Studio appears to be confident enough in the 29-year-old Actress, using her highly emotive rendition of I Dream a Dream in the first cut of the Musical's Trailer, placing her front and center. It is impossible not to shiver hearing the tears in her voice.
The worst case scenario however for any Actor/Actress with two strong performances in one given year always is the Split Vote, which complicates matters slightly for Hathaway in the nomination process with two competing Studios campaigning for her. Ultimately though, it is difficult to foresee her being overlooked even with Voters being divided.
An Actor/Actress ultimately can receive only one nomination per category at the Oscars. Ask Kate Winslet for that matter who in the 2008-2009 Awards Season faced the dilemma of two Oscar-worthy performances in both The Reader and Revolutionary Road. Her work in The Reader however ultimately prevailed with her being campaigned for the former and going on to win Best Actress.
(Photo credit: Universal Pictures/Warner Bros.)