Hugh was nominated for his role in The Greatest Showman, going up against James, who starred in The Disaster Artist, as well as Daniel Kaluuya, Ansel Elgort, and Steve Carell.
Sitting beside his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh’s face dropped when it was announced he was not the winner.
People reacted online as well, with Twitter user @Catchloe09Chloe saying, “@RealHughJackman should have won best actor at the golden globes and he’s right to have a shocked look when James Franco won it instead because Hugh Jackman worked so hard for years just to bring a movie musical out which hasn’t been done for 34 years.”
@JustRollinOn86 was a bit more blunt, tweeting, “I wonder if Hugh Jackman woke up this morning still thinking, ‘I can’t believe I lost to James Franco for THAT movie.’”
Even actors expressed their disappointment. Ally Sheedy, who worked with James in 2014 in the play The Long Shrift, according to Vanity Fair, couldn’t believe he won. She slammed him on Twitter, with one tweet reading, “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the film/tv business.”
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