Anne Hathaway in "Les Miserables." (Laurie Sparham / Universal…)
Anne Hathaway won the SAG Award for female actor in a supporting role Sunday night for playing the doomed grisette Fantine in the Tom Hooper-directed musical "Les Miserables."
The award is Hathaway's first SAG win; she was nominated in 2006 as part of the "Brokeback Mountain" cast and in 2009 for her supporting role in "Rachel Getting Married."
In playing Fantine, the 30-year-old actress followed in the footsteps of her mother, Kate McCauley, who played the role in the stage production's first U.S. tour. Hathaway also won a Golden Globe for the role earlier this month and is an odds-on Oscar favorite.
She and her "Les Misérables" costars are also nominated for the SAG cast award.
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Hathaway beat out four veteran actresses, all of whom are past Oscar winners: Sally Field, who plays First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in "Lincoln"; Helen Hunt, a sex surrogate in "The Sessions"; Maggie Smith, a cantankerous British retiree in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"; and Nicole Kidman, a sultry death-row groupie in "The Paperboy."
Hathaway will contend once again with Field and Hunt, as well as Amy Adams ("The Master") and Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook"), at this year's Academy Awards. In each of the past three years, the SAG supporting actress winner has gone on to win the equivalent Oscar.
[For the Record, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28: This post originally stated that Hathaway's mother, Kate McCauley, played Fantine on Broadway. She played the role in the first U.S. tour.]
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