February 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm #90134
Let’s make this very simple. Hugh Jackman could have played any of the other roles that have received Best Actor nominations. None of the other four could have played jean Valjean.February 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm #90136
I won’t troll and say take this to the best actor thread, but I continue to be amaze w/how far this performance got this year. I totally get that the role met everyone one of his strengths as an actor, but I just felt better performances were left out for him when that should’ve not been the case.February 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm #90137
I like Hugh Jackman as an actor, but for me this was his worst performance by far. Not his fault, but Tom Hooper’s. I thought it was the worst lead actor nomination since Day-Lewis in Gangs of NY.
Jean-Louis Trintignant, John Hawkes, Denis Lavant, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Waltz, Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe) are just a handful on names I can think of who were vastly more deserving of a slot.February 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm #90138
I thought he was great, but his singing sounded like Ethel Merman on steroids and the film bad beyond belief.February 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm #90139
Is this an opportunity to post how much better our tastes are than those who appreciate Les Mis, AND Hugh Jackman?
Lol Jessie. I’d love to see him win. Why might he deserve to? Well, why not? Cant think of any reasons. He’s wonderful, imo.February 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm #90140
I think he wasn’t deserving even of the nomination, out of the 5 performances nominated this is the only one that sucks, the other four are wonderful. Even Ben Affleck was better in ARGO.
Another high-profile actor being cited for a mediocre musical, reminds me of Depp in SWEENEY TODD.February 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm #90141
<<Is this an opportunity to post how much better our tastes are than those who appreciate Les Mis, AND Hugh Jackman?
At least we respect our fellow members enough to see a film or performance before criticizing it.February 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm #90142
I really like Hugh Jackman, and feel like he’s an actor worthy of being called “Academy Award Nominee” so I’m happy that he finally got a nomination, but yeah, he wouldn’t have made my top 5. This was an incredible year for the Best Actor category as there were 12 performances or so that were totally worthy of a nomination, and Jackman is in that group…but not in the top 5. Hawkes deserves his slot.February 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm #90143
I would love to see Hugh win! He is one of the best things from Les Mis. DD-L just won 5 years ago! Lets spread the wealth!February 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm #90144
Spread the wealth??? Really? I didn’t realize that the category name had been changed to “Best Performance by an Actor who hadn’t won in oscar in the last x number of years.”February 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm #90145
Yeah, I mean, DDL is superb, but like previously mentioned it was a great year for Best Actor so why not?February 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm #90146
Sorry but I feel there is both a lot of trolling, Jackman/Hathaway hate, and general false snobbishness going on about Les Miserables. All of the people who will suspend disbelief for flying non humans and irrational live through it explosions suddenly want “facts and only the facts” when it comes to musicals. This great novel has been a best seller for 150 years because it deals with great universal themes. The musical has never left the professional stage somewhere in the world for almost 30 years. The movie already has a box office of over $340 million in less than six weeks and still climbing not to mention the CD sales and upcoming DVDs.
Yes Hugh Jackman deserves that Oscar more than anyone else this year.
For Les Miserables, Mr. Jackman moved through a thirty year age difference with four distinct faces while singing and acting each age to perfection – a totally multilayered performance. All of it was done while up to his chest in icy water, climbing through snow-covered mountains in threadbare robes, slogging through watered peat sludge and physically changing in order to achieve the correct look for each stage of the role. In the process he lifted masts, carts, children, and two full-grown bodies while filming, acting, and singing each song live repeatedly for 10 – 12 hours a day. Then he topped it off by being the lead and at the center of a great ensemble cast that made every one of his fellow actors better. No one but no one else could have done what he did for this role or even came close to doing that this year. (Yes that goes for Daniel Day-Lewis)
“I just don’t want his nice guy thing to distract you from the fact that he is deep, serious and profoundly gifted actor.” Anne HathawayFebruary 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm #90147
Disliking the movie has nothing to do with trolling or snobbishness. It has to do with honest reactions people have to the movie.
I respect your viewpoint. Can you not extend the same courtesy to those who have different opinions than yours?February 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm #90148
Ths has nothing to do with either loving or trashing les Miserables,
but IMO, Hugh Jackman was one of the worst parts of the film..
He stole John Hawkes nomination and certainly is the worst of the
five men who are nominated…This will be his only oscar bid ever
for best actor and he is lucky to have 1….February 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm #90149
I’m very glad Hugh Jackman was nominated for “Les Miserables.” I’ll never begrudge him his nomination. I like others better than him for the Oscar win this year, but yes to Jackman making the final five.