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Saturday 31 January 2015

Hugh Jackman laughs off Oscar rumor

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman always thinks his son has been naughty when he hears people talking about the Oscars.

The actor and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness raise daughter Ava and son Oscar together.

Hugh took on the role of Jean Valjean in this year's movie adaptation of Les Misérables and his portrayal has generated a lot of Academy Awards buzz. He has already received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, but can't take it seriously when people mention the Oscars to him.

"My son's name is Oscar. So whenever I first hear it I go - what? What's he done?" he giggled to FOX 411.

Anne Hathaway portrays Fantine in the film and has also garnered a lot of critical praise. The whole cast are in the running for the best comedy/musical movie prize at the Golden Globes, but Hugh refuses to speculate about whether any of the stars will achieve Oscar glory.

"I think that movie musicals are rarely made. They're a big risk. Particularly big movie musicals this like. This is not a cheap undertaking. So, a lot of risks were taken. If the movie gets the recognition, I'll be so happy for all those that took the risk and mainly also a lover of musical theatre that perhaps there will be more of them," he said.

Director Tom Hooper was determined that the stars of the film - also including Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried - should sing live. Hugh is pleased they didn't rely on lip-synching, as he thinks it would have stopped him connecting with his character fully.

"[Live singing] had never been done before, but I thought it was an opportunity as an actor that I so wanted because it's all about being present, about being in the moment, about being spontaneous. And all those emotions, I don't know how you can recreate them in a lip syncing situation," he explained.

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