It was humbling to have been invited to cover The Museum of Moving Images gala honoring Hugh Jackman. Having been sitting in publicist extraordinaire Gary Springer office when he had been working on the project, I was so excited because I knew the signed bottle by Hugh could be given back to him. Instead it went to the director of the museum in honor of Oliver, Hugh’s son. This museum is his son’s favorite place on earth. Nomad Two World’s will be given another signed bottle at a later date, which is fine with Nomad.
The night was exciting with the knowledge that the SAG and Foreign press nominations were coming out the next morning. The day before Les Misérables had it’s New York premiere and that afternoon the cast had it’s last press junket as Jackman crooned to his lovely wife Deborra-Lee. Les Misérables stars still in town Ann Hathaway, Redmayne and director Tom Hooper joined Mike Nichols, Rachel Weisz, Liev Schreiber, Lorraine Bracco, Stephen Schwartz, Tony Dovolani (dancer/instructor from Dancing With the Stars) The Prestige director Christopher Nolan, and more as they all gathered with Jackman to watch and participate as he was being honored by the Museum of the Moving Image.
The venue was Cipriani Wall Street and the date December 11th Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.
On the red carpet, Hugh looked sharp in his black tuxedo, accompanied by his adored wife Deborra-Lee who matched Hugh in her own black and white dress, with a sequined cross. Anne Hathaway was in a paper light bronze sequined cocktail dress reminding us all of a young Audry Hepburn.
Before Hugh could state “It’s an honor to be the 27th and, if the Mayan calendar is right, last recipient of this award,” Rachel Weisz (“The Fountain”), and Liev Schreiber (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne spoke with love and affection for the star.
Liev Schreiber complained stating “That motion picture was to be the franchise I would retire on – every aging actor’s dream, A steady paying, sequel-producing character to keep me from the impoverished obscurity of the New York stage and propel my already
considerably spoiled children through the overpriced minefield of New York City private schools. Unfortunately after a brief sampling of the training regiment required to sustain a career like Hugh’s, I began to wonder how wise it was for an actor of my age and stature to go galloping through his golden years as a giant game cat. That and the fact that no one bothered to write me into the sequel.”
What makes Hugh Jackman so great is his love of family. He misses them when he is away too long. He not only is immensely talented but he is what every woman wants…someone who is loyal, devoted and loving. This makes more of a man than any other quality and it shows on screen as well as on a podium.
“It is a little surreal,” Jackman told Ann Hathaway. “It’s truly humbling, because I see that list of all the other honorees, and I’m like, Wow. I’m a little in shock.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: LES MISÉRABLES (Universal Pictures)
AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR: LES MISÉRABLES
Golden Globes: BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL:LES MISÉRABLES
BEST ACTOR: COMEDY OR MUSICAL: HUGH JACKMAN, “Les Miserables”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ANNE HATHAWAY, “Les Miserables”