Countdown to the Oscars: Will Les Mis Stand Les Chance?

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With eight Oscar nominations, Les Miserables stands just behind Lincoln as the popular choice candidate for 2013’s Academy Award winners.  Having already done quite well at the Golden Globes, earning Best Picture in the Musical/Comedy genre as well as honoring both Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway with new statues of their own, I’m torn!

Usually, when an actor or film is nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar, this skeptical fan always watches for “The Curse of the Golden Globe!”  Sometimes, winning a Golden Globe can just about guarantee that you will NOT win an Oscar.

However, Les Miserables won Film of the Year at the AFI Awards!  And, it’s also a well known assumption that musical nominees do very well at the Oscars…

What’s a girl to go by?!

Les Mis, if you haven’t heard about it, is the tumultuous story of Jean Valjean, a paroled prisoner who tries to start over in life with a new identity, righting his wrongs by caring for an orphaned child.  Constantly in the crossroads, a military officer by the name of Javert suspects Valjean as the prisoner who got away.

Meanwhile, around the corner, the French Revolution is brewing in the city streets.  Les Miserables is a love story, between a parent and child, between a man and a woman; it is an inspiration for a better life, better world, and new beginning.

So where will it win? 

I JUST DON’T KNOW!!!

Seriously.  As phenomenal as the music is, I can’t honestly give this film my vote for winner in any of the key categories.

I know. I know.  Don’t hate me!

You know what I’m going to root for?  I do hope that Les Miserables takes the win for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.  Gracious, aren’t I?  But it is a very, very well done musical and the performers are talented singers.  I think the team that worked on assembling the sound to be spot on deserves beau coup credit!

But as I stated before, I don’t think Les Mis will take home an Oscar for Best Original Song.  Added in to the already phenomenal set list, theater and composing royalty joined forces to create the nominated, “Suddenly” – a song written to describe the paternal love Valjean feels after rescuing Cosette the orphan from the shifty innkeepers she’d been living with.  Take a sneak peak!

Beautiful song!  But will it hold up against Adele’s nominated “Skyfall”?  I’m betting on her.  But the Academy could go old school on me and prove me wrong.

Now I’d like you to take a little trip to Logic Land with me. 

Earlier, I stated how I wasn’t so amped about 9 year old Quvenzhane’ Wallis‘ nomination for Best Actress being that it seemed an affront to say the BEST acting job of any female in the last year was a child, and not perhaps an actress who had trained, researched, and practiced her craft for years.  And I guess I’m getting picky again, but Anne Hathaway’s Best Supporting Nomination is tough for me to root for when she dies so early in the film!  *Sorry, minor spoiler!*

One can’t deny her rendition of the critically acclaimed “I Dreamed a Dream” is powerful!  I read that Hathaway lived on two squares of oatmeal paste before filming in order to lose 25 pounds for her impoverished character, Fantine.  That is impressive.  And probably very bland. 

Despite my frustration for a “worthy” candidate, I fully admit I could end up eating my words come award day.  Hathaway and her co-star Hugh Jackman have both been Oscar hosts in the past!  This could put them in a very good light by the Academy, especially since they even performed together on the Oscar stage in 2009!

Hugh Jackman

Anne Hathaway and co-host James Franco – Who could forget the Academy’s attempt to Youth-inize the Oscars?

Note:  Anne doesn’t come in to the dance number til about 4:00 minutes, so zoom ahead as desired!

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What do you think?  Are you rooting for Les Miserables?  Am I being too picky over the nominees?

 

 

 

 

 

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11 responses

  1. Haven’t seen it, probably won’t, hard to feel enthused about it. I still think “The Hobbit” was snubbed! I know, I know: sour grapes, Petruska.

    1. I think it’s just you and I Mark. They can drag us out screaming “Martin Freeman was rooooobbed!!!”

  2. I haven’t seen the movie, but I did see Les Miz on Broadway, and it was very good. Hard to imagine that story, with the quality talent involved, not winning *something* in the Oscars!

    1. And YouTube is full of all these little craft vignettes featuring the collaboration behind the songs and scenes. Smart strategy for building more interest.

      How cool you saw it on Broadway!

  3. To be honest Jess, I haven’t seen many movies this year. But my hubby and I did have an opportunity to see Les Mis when we were in London at the Palace theater where is originated. That was an awesome experience. Because I love the story and music of Les Mis, that would be my bet. Great post! 🙂

    1. Ooh how totally fun! It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to any theater which is a shame. For our anniversary my honey and I went to see Avenue Q on stage. That show is hysterical!

  4. I haven’t even seen any of the other Best Picture nominees, but Les Miserables wouldn’t be my bet. I could see Hugh Jackman taking an Oscar, but I’m not rooting for it. I am, however, rooting for Anne Hathaway. The role was that hard and her performance that powerful.

    On-screen time hasn’t been a determining factor before. For instance, Judi Dench won this same award for her portrayal of the queen in Shakespeare in Love. Commenting on her 8-minute performance, Dame Judi Dench even said, “I feel for eight minutes on the screen, I should only get a little bit of him.” But she went home with the golden man anyway.

    1. Lol. I forgot about that. Priceless Oscar moments. I loved Emma Thompson’s acceptance speech for Sense and Sensibilty because she wrote it as a letter from Jane Austen!

      1. I don’t remember that! But when people ask what the best screen adaptation of book is, Sense and Sensibility gets my vote.

  5. I haven’t seen this. Not yet anyway. My parents have though. My dad loved it. My mom was a bit disappointed there wasn’t much if any actual dialogue. I guess she was hoping Les Mis would be more like the theatrical version of Phantom a few years ago. She also said despite all the hate Russell Crowe has received for his singing, she actually thought he was better than Hugh Jackman. I guess I’ll just have to watch and see for myself… when it’s out on video. I bet it wins some awards though…

    1. Yah, I’m mixed on it personally too. But I think it’ll earn some Academy acclaim because musicals typically do very well. And Russell Crowe wasn’t bad. You know who really surprised me though was Eddie Redmayne (from My Week With Marilyn). Hugh Jackman is not my favorite male singer by any means, but he’s had the most musical experience I think of any of them. A few years ago he played Curly from Oklahoma in a stage production that was filmed. He did not replace Gordon MacRae for me in the Rodgers and Hammerstein original.

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