The release date had been readjusted so as not to coincide with Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
It then opened alongside Django Unchained, going on to gross nearly $450 million worldwide.
Although there were some negative critical reviews, most feedback was positive, garnering the movie a number of award nominations and wins. Among them:
- Movie of the Year – American Film Institute
- Nominated for four Golden Globes – winning three (Best Picture – Musical or Comedy; Best Actor – Musical or Comedy; Best Supporting Actress)
- A Director’s Guild nomination for Tom Hooper
- Eleven nominations at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – won two (Best Makeup and Best Supporting Actress)
- Nine BAFTA (British Film Institute) nominations – won four (Best Supporting Actress, Best Makeup and Hair, Best Sound, Best Production Design)
- The Academy Awards aka The Oscars – nominated for eight, won three (Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Supporting Actress). Side Note: The movie which won Best Picture was The Artist.
On this date in 2012, Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Les Miserables was released, starring Hugh Jackman (Oscar nominated), Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway (Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress), Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. The musical was based on one of the longest novels in history, Victor Hugo’s epic of the same name.