Five years ago, Hugh Jackman reminded everyone that on screen musical performances could win big awards when he took home the 2013 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy as Jean Valjean in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. Now, Jackman has earned his second nomination for a musical role (his third overall) as P.T. Barnum in the original movie musical The Greatest Showman.
Jackman shines as the man with a boundless imagination and unstoppable drive, who created “The Greatest Show on Earth” with Barnum’s Circus. Singing the music of Tony, Oscar, and Golden Globe winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and nailing the contemporary choreography of Ashley Wallen, Jackman delivers a performance that makes this movie work.
And it makes sense: Before his movie stardom and X-men fame, Jackman got his start in musical theatre as Gaston in the Australian production of Beauty and the Beast.
He made his Broadway debut in 2003 in The Boy From Oz, for which he won a Tony Award. He returned to Broadway in 2009 to star opposite Daniel Craig in the straight play A Steady Rain, then again in 2011 with his special concert engagement, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, earning a Special Tony Award. His most recent Main Stem stint came in 2014 in The River. Jackman has hosted the Tony Awards four times and his love of theatre is well-known—in fact, Jackman pounded the pavement for eight years to get The Greatest Showman made. (The film is also nominated for Best Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Original Song for “This Is Me.”)
Tune in to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards January 7 8pm ET on NBC.