Wednesday 17 January 2018

Aisling O'Connor: 'Hatha-hate' only serves to prove that sexism is alive and well

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

Aisling O'Connor

FOR every Jennifer Aniston that enamours the public, there is an Angelina Jolie who we just love to hate. The race to this year's Oscars has transformed a doe-eyed, rom-com girl-next-door into the leading target of public scorn.

Reflecting the Stella Artois beer bottles lined up on the bar, there was a visible sense of relief in Anne Hathaway's stature at the 'Les Miserables' pre-Oscars celebration in LA on Wednesday. With polls having closed a few hours earlier for the voting by Academy members, the Best Supporting Actress nominee's fate was finally sealed – despite the common assumption that her win is a foregone conclusion.

This has been a humdinger of an awards season in terms of press, premieres and red carpets. No one will deny that Hathaway took advantage of each and every opportunity to campaign for that most coveted of golden statuettes. Perhaps it was her ubiquity at ceremonies, premieres and on the talk-show circuit that made people – to put it simply – sick of the sight of her.

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