Move over gentlemen, US President Barack Obama is officially on team Anne Hathaway.
During a campaign fundraiser on Monday at Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s home in Connecticut, the president praised Hathaway’s stellar performance as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
“She’s spectacular,” Obama told guests on Monday, according to E! News. “I got a chance to see Batman, and she was the best thing in it. That’s just my personal opinion.”
In The Dark Knight Rises, Hathaway’s character Selina Kyle is symbolic of Gotham City’s 99 per cent. “There’s a storm coming, Mr Wayne,” she says to Batman during a swanky Gotham City charity ball. “You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”
President Obama is not the only one in Hathaway’s corner. The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan also thinks Hathaway was the cat’s meow. Nolan told the Daily News before the film came out that Hathaway had the breakout performance in his movie.
“I think it’s a staggering performance, I think they’re going to be thrilled when they see her,” he said.
Hathaway’s work in the film has received a good amount of praise, with some allowing that she might be the best chance Nolan’s Batman finale has at an Oscar nomination in January.
Responding to an article published on HuffPost Entertainment regarding the Oscar bona fides of The Dark Knight Rises supporting players, Oscar blogger Sasha Stone wrote that Hathaway could earn a nomination.
“If there is going to be one, it will most likely be her,” Stone wrote on her blog while dismissing other contenders like Michael Caine. “True, everyone thinks [Les Miserables] will be her big Oscar grab and it probably will be but — that doesn’t take away the fact that she’s still the film’s best shot at an acting nod.”
Movie writer David Germain agrees. “The film is gorgeous, sharply written, briskly paced despite an epic running time approaching three hours. The characters have depth and pathos, and the drama feels far richer than the usual hero-saving-the-world saga,” he writes.
“I’m not saying this as a cast member. I’m saying this as a member of the academy. So far, it’s the best film I’ve seen all year,” said Hathaway. ‘’He’s [Nolan] transcended the genre now. I think he’s shown that a comic-book movie can actually be epic, extraordinary cinema.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2012.