ABC News has posted a new article on Hugh Jackman, in which he talks a bit about being a first-time Academy Award nominee (and whether he prefers that to hosting the prestigious ceremony). He also says that he “really love[d] playing” Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, and that the character will be “a hard one to leave.” Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more.
This year, [Hugh] Jackman is an Academy Awards nominee, but he has hosted the event.
“I love the Oscars,” he said. “I’ve always loved it from a kid. Hosting it, I loved it. I love somehow the pageantry of it. I love the, you know, the spontaneity of it and the show of it. I really enjoy it. So the great thing about being a nominee is that you get a pretty good seat, I am figuring… if I’m up in the mezzanine, there’s a very good chance I won’t be winning.”
Asked what advice he’d give to this year’s host, Seth McFarlane, Jackman replied: “I’ve got to be honest with you. Having hosted the Oscars, being a nominee? Walk in the park.”
Jackman has been married to actress Deborra-Lee Furness for 16 years, and they have two children. Family is a priority for Jackman, and he said he learned that from his own father, whom he called “the closest living example I know to Jean Valjean.”
“The one thing he constantly reminds me about – enjoy the celebration, and all of that – but at the end of the day, make sure your family are okay. Make sure the people around you are okay. And just make sure you are doing the right thing inside,” Jackman said, speaking of his father’s advice.
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