Anne Hathaway fearing Oscar snub.

Anne Hathaway thinks it would be "embarrassing" if she's not nominated for an Oscar.

The pretty actress takes on the role of Fantine in musical sensation Les Misérables, which is based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo.

The 30-year-old sings live in the movie and lost a great deal of weight in order to portray her character which has caused a buzz in Hollywood.

With the Academy Awards approaching in February, there is much talk about who will be nominated - and Anne is a hot favourite.

"It's hugely flattering but nothing is real yet, so it's lovely that people are talking about it," she told Fox News.

"So I'm of two minds, which is one, 'Oh my gosh, could you imagine if it came true?' and two, 'Can you imagine how embarrassing it'll be if it doesn't happen if I don't get nominated?' So I'm just trying to keep my feet on the ground at the moment."

The American beauty stars alongside Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in the film, which has already scored various nominations in the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Her association with the story of Fantine dates right back to her childhood.

"My history with the show began when I was seven. My mother was cast in the ensemble and as the factory girl, and as the Fantine understudy, so my second time I actually saw the show I got to see my mother play Fantine, which is the role I play in the film," she explained.

"Since then I just had it in my head. I think that was the show that made me really want to be an actress and really have a concept of getting up and performing and telling a story through performance and I've just loved singing ever since then. I've been studying voice for about 10 years now, never with anything like this in mind, just because I really love doing it. So yeah, I'm kind of amazed that I didn't really expect singing to ever play a big part of my life I just thought it was something that I liked to do, so it's kind of crazy that this particular show has come about in this way in my life."

Anne has made the best actress category for both the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.

Nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced on January 10.