“Do you hear the people sing?”
This iconic lyric from “Les Misérables” could become a legitimate question for viewers of the 85th annual Academy Awards next moth.
The Huffington Post reported that according to Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail, “Les Miserables” movie cast members Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, and Amanda Seyfried are expected to potentially perform songs from “Les Mis” at the Oscars.
The Daily Mail also reports that Samantha Barks, who has played Eponine in both stage productions and the movie version of “Les Misérables,” will possibly be given permission to leave a touring production of “Oliver!” several days early to attend the performance at the Academy Awards. Barks previously could not join her fellow movie cast members at the Golden Globes due to her involvement with the tour.
It’s not clear what songs the cast may perform at the Academy Awards at this time, assuming that the Academy Awards confirms this performance.
The film, which brings to life an ’80s stage musical of the same name about an ex-prisoner running from the law and looking to redeem himself during a time of civil unrest in 1800s France, currently holds a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, while 83% of audience members “liked it,” according to the site.
“Les Misérables” already won three awards at the 2013 Golden Globes earlier this year; the movie earned an award for Best Musical or Comedy,” while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway received the awards for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.
Jackman and Hathaway are now nominees for Oscars in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories.
However, The Guardian noted after the Golden Globes awards ceremony that, “’Les Miserables’ already has a big obstacle after failing to earn a best director nomination for Tom Hooper [award winning director of “The King’s Speech”] at the Oscars. Films almost never win best picture at the Oscars if their directors are not nominated.”
Since opening on Christmas Day (when it earned $18.2 million), “Les Miserables” has grossed $119.2 million in Box Office sales.