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Golden Globes 2013: 'Les Miserables' wins three top awards

January 14, 2013|By David Ng
  • Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in a scene from the movie "Les Miserables," based on the stage musical.
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in a scene from the movie "Les Miserables,"… (Universal )

"Les Misérables" won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy film on Sunday, adding to the movie's already considerable awards momentum. The movie adaptation of the honored stage musical also picked up awards for actors Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

But "Les Misérables" failed to win in the category of original song. "Suddenly," penned by the original musical's songwriters, lost to "Skyfall," written by British pop singer Adele and Paul Epworth for the latest James Bond movie. The new song for "Les Misérables" was written by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michael Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer.

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Hathaway, who plays the role of Fantine, thanked Universal for making a "unapologetically sincere live sung-through musical." She also thanked her mother, who once played Fantine on stage.

Jackman paid mocking tribute to the person who stole the wheels off the bike he rode to his "Les Misérables" audition. He also made reference to his early doubts that he could play the role of Jean Valjean.

In an evening of many thank-yous, no one thanked Victor Hugo, the 19th-century French author whose novel served as the basis for the musical.

"Les Misérables" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, so there's still time for someone to remember his contribution. 


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