Strapping Aussie import Hugh Jackman's first claim to fame was as a song-and-dance man (he picked up a 2004 Tony for playing Peter Allen on Broadway and a 2005 Emmy for hosting those theater awards on TV). Replacing Russell Crowe as Nicole Kidman's love interest in this lavish Baz Luhrmann adventure set in the Australian Outback during WWII could give this 40-year-old hunk his first shot at Oscar glory.

Although epics like this have won plenty of Oscars, they tend not to go to their matinee-idol leading men, who, when they are not snubbed like James McAvoy ( "Atonement"), usually have to settle for a nomination: Jude Law ("Cold Mountain"), Ralph Fiennes ("The English Patient"), Peter O'Toole ("Lawrence of Arabia") and even Clark Gable ("Gone With the Wind"). (James Fisher / 20th Century Fox)
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Strapping Aussie import Hugh Jackman's first claim to fame was as a song-and-dance man (he picked up a 2004 Tony for playing Peter Allen on Broadway and a 2005 Emmy for hosting those theater awards on TV). Replacing Russell Crowe as Nicole Kidman's love interest in this lavish Baz Luhrmann adventure set in the Australian Outback during WWII could give this 40-year-old hunk his first shot at Oscar glory. Although epics like this have won plenty of Oscars, they tend not to go to their matinee-idol leading men, who, when they are not snubbed like James McAvoy ( "Atonement"), usually have to settle for a nomination: Jude Law ("Cold Mountain"), Ralph Fiennes ("The English Patient"), Peter O'Toole ("Lawrence of Arabia") and even Clark Gable ("Gone With the Wind"). (James Fisher / 20th Century Fox)

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