Could Hugh Jackman Win An Oscar For 'Logan'? Don't Rule It Out

You may have noticed that superhero movies and television series have become a massive thing in recent years, due in no small part to Marvel Studios being pretty amazing at making them. Logan was no exception to that rule.

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The tenth movie in the X-Men franchise, and the third and (maybe) final Wolverine spin-off, it follows an aged version of that character - played, as ever, by Hugh Jackman - as he and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) try to save the former's daughter from the clutches of the villainous Reavers.

It was an absolute smash at the box office, taking in more than $600 million (£449m), but it also garnered great critical acclaim, to the extent that Jackman - who has played the character for 17 years - has been tipped for an Oscar for his performance.

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It doesn't matter that the film didn't come away from the Golden Globes with any awards - people still think his performance is good enough to warrant him receiving one of the iconic gongs. And no wonder - because he strayed away from the usual superhero path when it came to that role, instead taking inspiration from other Oscar-winning performances.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Jackman said: "I would love it if we got nominated, because, in a way, as I was pitching the film to people - and Jim and I were pitching it - I wanted them to think of Unforgiven. I wanted them to think of The Wrestler."

That might be aiming pretty high, but at the same time, we think he absolutely nailed it.

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While Hollywood has generally shied away from rewarding - or awarding, rather - superhero movies, it's not a total impossibility, and if any one film is going to do it, it should probably be this one. Seventeen years is a long stretch to be doing anything, let along refining an iconic character in the way Jackman has.

The first time he played Wolverine was in 2000's X-Men, and he has reprised the role for nine different movies. Logan, though, is by far the most intense and human portrayal of the character, and Jackman really dives deep into the human aspects of his character. If it were up to us, we'd vote for him - let's hope those who do have a say choose wisely.

Words: Mischa Pearlman

Featured Image Credit: Marvel Studios / 20th Century Fox

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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