Anne Hathaway Honored at Costume Guild Awards, Takes Russell Crowe’s ‘Underpants’ Joke in Stride

Anne Hathaway was the belle of the ball at the Costume Designer Guild Awards Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. Looking stunning in a short, gold, sequined Gucci mini, Hathaway’s legs weren’t the only feature discussed at the prestigious ceremony.

The “Les Miserables” actress received the Lacoste Spotlight Award from her co-star Russell Crowe. When the Oscar winner presented the award, Crowe joked that he researched Hathaway on the internet earlier only to find out she wanted to be a nun when she was younger.

“Isn’t that lovely?” the “Gladiator” actor asked the crowd. “Then she found out they actually require you to wear underpants when they go out at night.”

Crowe was referring to the incident in New York City after the “Les Mis” premiere when Hathaway was photographed getting into her awaiting car commando.

The audience — including Hathaway — roared with laughter.

“She ditched that idea because she decided she couldn’t fully accept the church that wouldn’t fully accept her gay brother,” Crowe then added, turning serious. “She measures everything with her heart first and that’s why I love Anne Hathaway. So back to the speech.”

Hathaway was presented with her award after Crowe declared 2013 “Anne Hathaway’s year.” Hathaway smiled while acknowledging Crowe’s remarks.

“I was wondering when you were going to make a joke about that,” the actress said to Crowe, referring to his earlier statements. The Oscar nominee became more serious, of course, and thanked her cast and crew and “last, but not least” her mother.

Hathaway wasn’t honored until the very end of the night. Before the show started, guests enjoyed an hour cocktail before dining on tomato soup, grilled chicken, and desserts.

Hathaway’s husband Adam Shulman accompanied her to the awards show, but it the two were barely able to spent any time together.

Once Hathaway walked the carpet around 6:50 p.m., she was rushed inside. Guests from all over the venue approached the actress to wish her luck come Oscar Sunday and she happily posed for pictures with the industry folk that came her way.

Hathaway ended up talking with “Saturday Night Live” alums Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, and Maya Rudolph for awhile. The honoree even gave Poehler and Rudolph a nod in her speech at the very end of the three-plus hour night.

“You make it look so easy, and it’s not,” Hathaway joked to the girls about trying to be funny on stage.

NBC honcho Lorne Michaels was honored at the ceremony with the Distinguished Collaborator Award in which Poehler, Rudolph, and Steve Martin gave a moving and funny introduction.

In the audience, it looked as if Wiig was Michaels’ date for the night. She sat next to her mentor and looked on with pride as he later accepted the award.

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt sat directly behind them, and the “Bridesmaids” co-stars were caught laughing and whispering multiple times throughout the ceremony. Of course, this was only when the “Mad Men” hunk wasn’t kissing his longtime girlfriend. Sorry ladies, but these two looked more in love than ever. Hamm lent his real-life leading lady his jacket whenever she was chilly and leaned over to kiss and hug her throughout the show.

Other stars in attendance at the CGAs: Shirley MacLaine, Connie Britton, Cat Deeley, Ginnifer Goodwin and boyfriend Josh Dallas, Lily Collins, Gabriel Mann, and Ashley Madekwe.

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