Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman hit critical and commercial pay dirt with his latest role as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”. In addition to box office success, he has also garnered for himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Hugh Jackman has, hitherto, perhaps been best known for his breakout performance as Wolverine in Marvel Comic’s signature cash cow franchise, “The X-Men”. In any event, Hugh Jackman has broken new ground for himself as an artist by agreeing to play in a musical. Victor Hugo’s classic novel of class warfare and mistaken identity in 19th century France has long been the subject of adaptation, but this latest version is the critic”s darling.

Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Jean Valjean was noted by critics and movie goers alike as rife with pathos, sentimentality, and grit. While his singing voice may never enter the leagues of Hollywood’s exclusive club of “golden throats”, the allure of seeing and hearing Wolverine suddenly alight into song at the drop of a pin proved well nigh irresistible to millions across the nation. Strong supporting performances by such skilled Hollywood hands as Sacha Baron Cohen (“Da Ali G Show”, “Borat”, “Sweeney Todd”, “The Dictator”) were the icing on the cake. Soon enough, “Les Miserables” proved itself a worthy contender for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards.

While Hugh Jackman himself may be relatively new to the ranks of proven box office superstars, his career as an actor has been luminous and quite varied. He received excellent marks for his brooding, visceral portrayal as Wolverine, yet fell short in the eyes of many critics and movie goers with flat, sometimes uninspired, performances in other, less notable, films. However, his spellbinding performance in “Les Miserables” ought to be more than enough to cast him back into the good graces of the Academy. While perhaps not as assured a “shoe in” as Daniel Day Lewis or Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman’s chances of ultimate victory remain decently positive.