Victor Hugo’s legendary historical fiction is no stranger to the silver screen. But Tom Hooper’s 2012 rendition of the Schönberg-Boublil musical adaptation of Les Misérables is already garnering Oscar-buzz (watch the trailer), if not for its star-studded cast (including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried), then for having its actors sing live before the camera (which Jackman compares to being nude). And if that’s not enough to sway Academy voters, then the below featurettes on the film’s costumes, hair and make-up, and production design are sure to do so.
Check out the videos below. If you’re not convinced that the prostitutes in “Lovely Ladies” steal the tech Oscars for simultaneously exuding raunchy and regal, then maybe the film’s new original song “Suddenly” will. Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean sings the ballad about discovering paternal love for Fantine’s abandoned child Cosette, seamlessly fitting into the rest of the score as if it had always been there since the musical opened on Broadway in 1987.
Get ready to openly weep through Les Mis when it opens in theaters December 25.