Will Oscar be a dream they dreamed?
Universal Pictures has moved director Tom Hooper's cinematic adaptation of the musical "Les Miserables" from December 14 to December 25.
It was originally scheduled to go up against Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" but will now face off against Quentin Tarantino "Django Unchained" and follow December releases such as: "Monsters, Inc. 3D", "Zero Dark Thirty", "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D", "Jack Reacher", "The Impossible" and "This Is 40".
The move seems to be more of a necessary reality than strategic positioning.
"Les Miserables" was not ready to screen during the fall festival season to begin to build the early buzz that is often necessary for a successful Oscar campaign. More to the point, if it is not ready for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to screen in the later part of November then it will be all but out of contention for a Golden Globe nomination, the default precursor to the Academy Awards.
However, with the director behind the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech" at the helm and a property that is already beloved by millions, this one may just sneak in at the 11th hour.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Adapted from the Broadway musical by William Nicholson which was in turn based upon Victor Hugo's 1862 novel about the French revolution “Les Miserables” is directed by “The King’s Speech”’s Tom Hooper and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks.