Tuesday 12 December 2017


HOURS after picking up an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway was accused of over-acting when she tried showing her sensitive side and admitted the high-pitched "Hathahaters" who have mercilessly mocked her every move in the run-up to the Academy Awards are making her head hurt.

"It does get to me," Hathaway told US Weekly before handing her critics, who find her goodie-gumdrops shtick comically OTT, fresh fodder. "But you have to remember in life that there's a positive to every negative and a negative to every positive," she explained. "The miracle of the universe is that, as far as they know, there's 51 per cent matter versus 49 per cent anti-matter – things tip in the scale of the positive. So that is what I focus on."

And just in case anybody missed the point that she plans to take the high road to the biting backlash, Hathaway continued. "I live my life with love," she declared. "I live my life with compassion. I live my life hoping the best for absolutely everyone, no matter how they feel about me. . . And when you live that way, it's amazing how beautiful every day can be."

Monday probably wasn't the brightest day for the actress, who felt the need to issue an apology – via People.com – to the fashion designer Valentino, whom she threw under the proverbial bus when she opted to discard the gown he had created for her and instead walk the red carpet in the now infamous pink "nipple dart" Prada. Contrary to speculation that Hathaway, who is a longtime Valentino devotee, made the last-minute switch after learning her gown looked very similar to the embroidered Alexander McQueen gown that her Les Mis co-star Amanda Seyfried would wear, fashion-world snitches claim Hathaway only "freaked out" after learning another, more high-profile Valentino client had been outfitted by the designer's team in a gown that she considered to be more glamorous than her own.

Anne's stylist, Rachel Zoe, and Valentino aren't talking – nor is Steven Huvane, the super-agent who represents both the beleaguered Hathaway and former Friends star Jennifer Aniston, whose lens-captivating, Oscar dress, natch, was one of the dominant red carpet hits.

Lawrence tells it like it is

DON'T expect Jennifer Lawrence to get too het up over breathless reports that she was smoking something other than tobacco when she was papped last Wednesday puffing a suspiciously chubby cigarette on vacation in Hawaii. The 22-year-old Best Actress Oscar winner (who scored equal points on Sunday night, for a) sweetly blowing off the awkward advances of wrinkly tomcat Jack Nicholson and b) remaining unfazed after taking a tumble on the hem of her voluminous dress en route to collect her statuette) is fast earning a reputation for boldly going where Hollywood actresses usually don't – and telling it as it is.

Presented with the first images of her new Dior ad campaign last week, Lawrence gave another hint that she has no intention of toeing the establishment line when, say, things might not be as they appear.

"Oh my God, I haven't seen this," Lawrence squealed in delight, looking at the ads during an interview on national TV.

She added, "I love Photoshop more than anything in the world . . . Of course it's Photoshop, people don't look like that."

No more Zero Dark Flirty

MICHAEL Sheen and Rachel McAdams weren't the only Hollywood couple to surprise everyone when they called it quits last week. The romantic relationship between director Kathryn Bigelow and her Zero Dark Thirty producer Mark Boal is also over, according to friends who received a change-of-address note announcing his plans to move out of her LA home.

Bigelow, 61, the ex-wife of Titanic director James Cameron, and Boal, 39, a veteran war reporter, first worked together in 2003 but didn't hit the big-time until their movie The Hurt Locker swept the 2010 Oscars with six awards. Their under-the-radar relationship, described by one observer as "a case of opposites attract " apparently started to fray under the pressure of the Osama bin Laden film which, first, had to be urgently retooled after America's Most Wanted man was killed and then had to be defended when the veracity of its graphic depiction of torture was questioned.

The critically acclaimed movie, which picked up a relatively inconsequential Oscar for Best Sound Editing, finally got a break last Monday when the Senate Intelligence Committee announced it would no longer pursue its investigation into whether Bigelow and Boal were given unauthorised briefings on the mission by the CIA. Seems the Oscar snub makes Washington think the public's pesky preoccupation with torture is safely over.

Britney has still got it

REFORMED train-wreck Britney Spears still knows how to wow an A-list crowd. The newly brunette 31-year-old pop star caused quite a stir among industry heavyweights like Miley Cyrus, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Sean Penn, Nicki Minaj, Christina Hendricks, Steven Tyler and Anna Paquin when she arrived at Elton John's Oscar Viewing Party. The singer, who looked better than she has in years (in a plunging body-con black dress she said was Versace, but thanks to her publicist's intervention, we now know to be by Michael Cinco Couture) swept straight past the Gordon Ramsay-catered dinner tables into a back tent to make sure she had a good spot to watch Emeli Sande.

Another rabble-rouser, Chris Brown, also caught the undivided attention of the crowd when, to his credit, he did a pretty good job of pretending not to notice the groan of embarrassment that went around the room when Oscar host Seth MacFarlane joked about his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna, who wisely decided to give the party a miss.

Irish Independent

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