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Golden Globes: 'Les Miserables' wins Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical

01/13/2013 by Corinne Heller

"Les Miserables," Tom Hooper's film adaption of the popular Broadway musical, has won the 2013 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on January 13. "Les Miserables" beat "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and "Silver Linings Playbook."

Moments after "Les Miserables" was announced as the winner, lead actor Hugh Jackman was awarded the Golden Globe for his role as Jean Valjean. Anne Hathaway had earlier in the day been named Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for her role as Fantine.

"Les Miserables" is based on a hit Tony-winning musical that has been performed all over the world. Hugh Jackman plays an ex-convict on the run while Russell Crowe plays the police inspector Javert, who obsessed with putting him back in jail.

Hathaway stars as an impoverished, ill single mother who becomes a prostitute out of desperation and asks Valjean to raise her daughter, Cosette. Amanda Seyfriend plays the child when she is older. Colm Wilkinson, who played the original Valjean on Broadway, has a cameo as a priest.

Jackman and Hathaway went through physical and emotionally difficult transformations for their roles. Both practically starved themselves to lose weight to appear malnourished. (Check out details about the odd diet Hathaway put herself on to lose 25 pounds for "Les Miserables".) Jackman then put on 30 pounds for the scenes in which Valjean lives a secret life as a French aristocrat. (Check out Check out 9 facts about Hugh Jackman and his "Les Miserables" experience.)

Hathaway also chopped off her hair because Fantine sells herself as part of her attempts to raise money for her daughter.

"The hair scared me more [than losing weight], because I just think being a woman, you're used to dieting - this was obviously an extreme version of that, but cutting your hair off? It's so definite," she told OTRC.com.

Hathaway's mother also played Fantine in a "Les Miserables" musical tour when the actress was seven years old.

"I'd like to think that I would have worked just as hard and I would have given myself over to it just as much, but there's just something undeniable about how real these stories felt to me," Hathaway told OTRC.com. "And, I think those emotions resonate with me on a human level as deeply as they do because I saw my mom go through it, and I felt the power of her performance, and it stayed with me - so I think that that, it did color my perception on what the piece is about."

Hathaway was previously nominated for Golden Globe Awards for her roles in the films "Love and Other Drugs" and "Rachel Getting Married." She earned an Oscar nomination in 2009 for the latter movie.

Jackman was previously nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the 2001 film "Kate & Leopold." He is also a Tony winner -- he won one in 2004 for his role as Peter Allen in the Broadway musical "The Boy From Oz."

Watch the trailer and extended scenes and interviews from "Les Miserables" below./p>

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