Those of you planning on seeing Les Miserables when it opens here on Boxing Day may be in for a bit of a shock, (and we're not talking about Russell Crowe's, shall we say, 'uneven' crooning). Director Tom Hooper has added another song to the already song-filled musical. Called Suddenly, it's Jean Valjean's song to his newly adopted daughter, Cosette. It's also, if we may, the easiest way to get an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Written by Broadway power duo Claude-Michel Schonberg (the original composer of Les Miserables) and Alain Boublil, the song "Suddenly" will be sung by Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) following his — spoiler alert — adoption of Cosette. And why the add-on? Take it away, director Tom Hooper: "When I read the novel of Les Miserables, I felt the one thing missing from the musical was the acknowledgement of how central falling in love with Little Cosette was to Jean Valjean and what it is like to become a father in an unexpected way."
We know that if anyone can carry an almost utterly superfluous number, it's our Hugh Jackman. Check out his singing below and tell us, is this Oscar-worthy? We've also included a clip of Angry Anderson's Suddenly for you to contrast and compare. Please, enjoy both!