I just saw the movie this afternoon (in Australia). Absolutely blown away by it. I was not fully prepared by the "in your face" moments..despite what I've read about the critics lashing out on the close ups. I've got to be honest, IT WORKED.
This was how Tom Hooper made it different from the stage production. He literally jammed the characters emotions down your throat. Watching it from a small cinema, I felt like I was in the screen! I haven't cried in the cinema for a long time but wow, did I cry, and so did most of the people around me.
Please let Anne Hathaway win Best Supporting Actress. Period.