Back in 2009, actor Hugh Jackman performed a memorable musical duet with actress Anne Hathaway during the opening number at the 81st Academy Awards. Through the lively performance, Jackman showcased his talents as a singer, dancer, and entertainer. The opening act paid a tribute to the history of cinema and Jackman integrated that year’s nominated films into his performance.
That year, director Ron Howard’s 2008 movie Frost/Nixon received a nomination. During the opening number, Jackman performed a duet referencing the movie with Hathaway, who initially looked embarrassed but then handled the situation well. After the Oscars duet, Jackman and Hathaway became friends and worked together in the 2012 film, Les Misérables.
Anne Hathaway was pulled on stage by Hugh Jackman
Actor Hugh Jackman‘s opening number at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009 was a lively and memorable performance that was praised by fans all over the world. At one point during the performance, Jackman carried actress Anne Hathaway to the stage to perform a duet with her. The duo sang,
Jackman: Why didn’t you burn the tapes?
Hathaway: I don’t know what I’m supposed to say here.
Jackman: 18 minutes. All erased.
Hathaway: I mean, it’s an honor. I just would have loved a heads-up.
Jackman: America deserves an apology.
Hathaway: Frank Langella was sitting right next to me.
Jackman: Stop your lies right now and tell the truth.
Hathaway: Do you really wanna do this Jackman?
Jackman: It’s Frost. Confess to me.
Hathaway: Why can’t you let this be? Give me my dignity.
Jackman and Hathaway (together): Look what you’ve done to me.
The duet performance was quite entertaining for all the celebrities and viewers. Hathaway initially seemed confused, however, she handled the situation quite well. Many people claim that the performance wasn’t improvised as it was already rehearsed.
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Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman worked together in a 2012 film
After their iconic Oscars moment, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway worked together in the 2012 film Les Misérables. Hathaway played the role of Fantine, while Jackman portrayed Jean Valjean.
The two are not constantly seen together in public, but they share a special friendship thanks to their collaborations. For her role in the movie, Anne Hathaway won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The movie was quite successful as it managed to earn $442 million at the global box office on a budget of $61 million.
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Hugh Jackman’s performance was iconic
Jackman’s opening number was well-received by everyone. Jackman, who is a well-known superstar around the world, showcased his charisma, energy, and versatility during the live performance. Jackman combined song, dance, and comedy, referencing various famous movies.
Even after 14 years, Jackman’s performance is still considered to be one of the best opening numbers in the history of the Academy Awards. The actor is currently in the headlines as fans are excited to see him in Deadpool 3 as Wolverine, one of his most iconic roles.