HE might not have won an Oscar, but Hugh Jackman's Les Miserables co-star has credited him with the film's success.
The big-screen adaptation of the hit musical won three awards at yesterday's Academy Awards, but lost the coveted Best Picture award to Ben Affleck's Argo.
Speaking backstage after winning her first Oscar for Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway said the big-budget film would not have been possible without the Aussie actor.
"Hugh is this magical alien combination of strength and soul and heart and artistry and fun," she said.
"And if you think about it, I mean, not to get serious, but we do live in a world that can tend toward the cynical, and to have someone in a film like this where it's inherent to the film's success that you believe in the goodness of the central character, and that someone like Hugh exists who has that goodness within him, it made the film soar."
Hathaway described the 44-year-old father of two as the "strength" and "spirit" of the production.
"He never complained once," she said.
"He did as many takes as need be, and he was absolutely our rock and our inspiration through everything and to me personally."