Updated: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:15:00 GMT | By Neil Smith, contributor, MSN Movies
Oscar nominations 2013: Your guide to the Academy Awards favourites

Les Miserables

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What's it about?'

A bunch of singing Frenchies, among them a convict who breaks his parole, the lawman who won't let him off the hook and a young single mother who falls on hard times.

Why'€™s it nominated?

Because the Academy loves a soaring, sweeping musical, especially one adapted from a long-running stage success. It doesn't hurt Tom Hooper'€™s film either that two of its stars -€“ X-Men regular Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway from The Dark Knight Rises -€“ are both former hosts of the Oscar telecast. Their nominations make up two of the eight their film has received.

What are its chances?

Should you have a house, feel free to bet it on Hathaway winning best supporting actress for a moving turn that sees her touchingly croon "€˜I Dreamed A Dream"€™ through a river of tears and snot. Elsewhere, Les Mis has a good chance of getting best song for "Suddenly"€™, a new number added to the score precisely for that purpose.