Anne Hathaway was the front-runner for the best supporting actress Oscar, but that didn't take away from the sweetness of winning.
"It came true," a radiant Hathaway said after accepting the trophy for her performance as doomed prostitute Fantine in "Les Miserables."
She thanked her leading men, from Hugh Jackman ("Hugh, you're the best") to her husband ("By far and away the greatest moment of my life is when you walked into it," she told Adam Shulman).
Hathaway was part of the star-filled cast in the big-screen adaptation of "Les Miserables," the Broadway hit based on Victor Hugo's sprawling novel of revolution and romance in 1800s France. One of her chief competitors was two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, nominated this year for "Lincoln."
Hathaway, a best actress nominee for 2008's "Rachel Getting Married," has starred in wide-ranging films including "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Bride Wars."
Her victory cements the turnaround for movie musicals. She's in company with 2002 supporting-actress winner Catherine Zeta-Jones for "Chicago" and 2006 recipient Jennifer Hudson for "Dreamgirls."
— Lynn Elber — http://www.twitter.com/lynnelber .
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