How will ‘Les Miserables’ bump to Christmas impact Oscars?

Les Miserables” had been slated to open Dec. 14 but Universal announced Tuesday that the picture has been pushed back to Dec. 25. That is just nine days before Oscar nomination ballots are due. 

Django Unchained” and “The Guilt Trip” are also being presented on Christmas Day. The move leaves “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” as the only Oscar contender opening on Dec. 14. 

Oscar champ Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) directed this lavish production of “Les Miserables”  with Hugh Jackman headlining as Jean Valjean, who is pursued mercilessly by Inspector Javert (Oscar winner Russell Crowe). One-time Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway is featured as the doomed Fantine while Helena Bonham Carter, who was nommed for playing a regal monarch in “The King’s Speech,” gets down and dirty as a bawdy innkeeper. 

The nomination ballots for both the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes are due Dec. 10. If it screened in time for the HFPA, this screen adaptation of the 1987 Tony-winning musical should do well with Globes which hand out separate prizes for musicals/comedies versus dramas. 

All of our Experts predict “Les Miserables” will contend for Best Picture at the Oscars and three of them — Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News) and Keith Simanton (IMDB) — expect it to take the top prize. 

And six of them predict Hathaway, who is heavily featured in the trailer below, to win Best Supporting Actress. The half dozen Experts backing her bid are: Thelma Adams (Yahoo!), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). 

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