Best Actor nominee: Hugh Jackman, 'Les Miserables'

You've got to give the guy credit -- there's probably no other actor who could convincingly play both Wolverine and Jean Valjean. 
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Not that Jackman's excellence as the haunted petty thief who gives up everything for the orphan girl he swore to protect should have surprised anyone: the guy's got talent, conviction and sincerity -- a tough combination to beat. Still, the momentum "Les Miserables" once had seems to be petering out. And not even tragic hero Jean Valjean is any match for Honest Abe.

( AFP/Getty Images / January 10, 2013 )

You've got to give the guy credit -- there's probably no other actor who could convincingly play both Wolverine and Jean Valjean.

Not that Jackman's excellence as the haunted petty thief who gives up everything for the orphan girl he swore to protect should have surprised anyone: the guy's got talent, conviction and sincerity -- a tough combination to beat. Still, the momentum "Les Miserables" once had seems to be petering out. And not even tragic hero Jean Valjean is any match for Honest Abe.

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