Anne Hathaway. Michelle Williams. Jake Gyllenhaal. Heath Ledger. Anne would later state that the content of Brokeback Mountain was more important that its award count and that making the film made her more aware of the kind of stories she wanted to tell as an actress. Growing up? We think so. And wonderfully so.
5. Andrea “Andy” Sachs, The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
True, Meryl Streep was the main reason to see The Devil Wears Prada (isn’t that the case with every movie she’s in?); but wasn’t the chemistry between her and Anne fabulous?
6. Jane Austen, Becoming Jane (2007)
She’d already done Dickens, so why not Jane Austen? Though it’s always a tricky thing when an American is cast as a famous Brit—especially one as well-loved as Jane Austen—Anne and co-star James McAvoy were praised both for their chemistry and authenticity in Becoming Jane. Anne’s performance may not have been flawless, but as director Julian Jarrold said, she turned into a different person while shooting—“not just her accent,” he said, “but also the whole character, the way of holding yourself and speaking was so completely different.” Anne has made a habit of learning as much as she can about her craft with each and every role—a quality to be admired.
7. Kym Buchman, Rachel Getting Married (2008)
This is it. The big one. The one that cemented her place in Hollywood as an A-lister. Anne won eight awards for her turn as a recovering addict in a dysfunctional family and was nominated for ten more—including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award, and a SAG Award. Hello, stardom!
Up next: Alice in Wonderland and beyond!