Jackman welcomes Les Miserables Oscar buzz
SYDNEY (AFP) - The screen adaptation of Les Miserables is being talked about as Oscar material and its star Hugh Jackman has welcomed the buzz as recognition of how hard it is to transform a musical to the screen.
The star-studded film version of the stage musical debuted to critics at screenings in New York, London, Los Angeles and Sydney last weekend and it won lavish praise, with reports of standing ovations.
Showbiz.com tipped Jackman as a contender for the best actor Academy Award for his role as Jean Valjean, the ex-prisoner who creates a successful new life for himself.
The Universal Studios movie, directed by Tom Hooper who won an Oscar for The King's Speech, also features fellow Australian Russell Crowe as Jackman's nemesis Inspector Javert and leading lady Anne Hathaway as Fantine.