'Les Miserables' Wows First Audience in New York, Clearly Headed for Oscars (Analysis)

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'Les Miserables' Wows First Audience in New York, Clearly Headed for Oscars (Analysis)
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'Les Miserables' Wows First Audience in New York, Clearly Headed for Oscars (Analysis)

Universal's highly-anticipated awards contender Les Miserables, the first film directed by British filmmaker Tom Hooper since he won the best director Oscar for The King's Speech two years ago, screened for the first time on Friday afternoon at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. Judging by the loud applause that followed every one of the musical's big numbers -- which were performed by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, respectively -- and the raucous standing ovation that the film and its key talent received once it came to an end, I think it's safe to say that we have another surefire best picture Oscar nominee and possible winner to join Argo, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook, and one that will also compete in many other categories, as well. Universal's last best picture nominee was Frost/Nixon (2008) and last winner was A Beautiful Mind (2001) more than a decade ago.

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