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HOLLYWOOD—Oscar winner and one-time Academy Awards show co-host Anne Hathaway reveals that she will be watching the ceremony from the comfort of her home this year—and that’s just fine with her.
Still, the 32-year-old actress says she is ready and willing to be there for her nominated friends and colleagues in the industry to lend an ear or provide a refuge from the insanity of Hollywood’s “awards season” should they need it.
Hathaway, who earned an Oscar in 2013 for her supporting performance as the unfortunate Fantine in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” knows it can be a crazy, happy and anxious time for nominees.
With “Song One,” a low-budget independent in which she stars, Hathaway tests out her producing skills alongside her husband of two years, actor Adam Shulman. She plays an anthropology grad student who is called home to New York from her exotic travels abroad when her younger brother is severely injured in a traffic accident. The drama opens in theaters and on-demand Friday, Jan. 23.
Estranged from her family, Hathaway’s Franny must cope with the guilt of having left her sibling months earlier on bad terms. As Henry (Ben Rosenfield) lies in a coma at the hospital, Franny begins to retrace his steps, visiting clubs and bars where he played as a musician or patronized as a customer, using his journal as her guide.
She meets a James (Johnny Flynn), a musician her brother admires and invites him to visit her brother’s hospital room in hopes of coaxing him awake any way possible. Captivated by Franny’s determination and kindness, James, who has been fighting writer’s block since the release of his last album, shows up. He and Franny grow close and soon James is back to composing. Inspired by his love for Franny and his concern for Henry, he writes the melodic “Silver Song,” which he intends to be the first song on his next album. The original songs in the romantic drama are by Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service and solo artist Johnathan Rice.