I dreamed a dream (that the Les Mis movie was awesome)


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All you need to know about Tom Hooper's imminent film adaptation of Les Misérables is that it's going to be amazing. Probably.

But, so far, all we've seen of the film is a short teaser trailer featuring Anne Hathaway singing "I Dreamed A Dream" over shots of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert. But a mini-feature released to YouTube last week explained something that suggests it could be the first Hollywood musical to trouble the Academy since 2002's Chicago. (It's currently third favourite for Best Picture despite not being finished.)

As Hooper revealed earlier this year, the famous songs from the musical – rather than be recorded in advance – have been sung live, on every single take (often in different ways) by the actors, something never done before on screen. Unfortunately, the clip also gives Anne Hathaway the opportunity for an early entry to Private Eye's Luvvies column with her explanation that the method gave her the chance to "simply put the truth to the melody". Even so, we (erm, I) remain excited. bit.ly/lesmisfeature