20 September 2012 10:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If this Oscar season seems a little unsettled to you, there may be three reasons for that: (1) It's still freakin' September (we admit this!), (2) The closest thing to an awards juggernaut produced by Cannes and Toronto this year is the comparatively modest Silver Linings Playbook, a crowd-pleasing comedy, and (3) We have yet to see Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which feels the most Oscar-friendly contender on paper. But. But! Here is a new four and a half minute video on Les Miserables, and we're starting to wonder if we had the wrong front-runner pegged. This film, and this video ... they kind of have it all. Crying! Singing! "On My Own"! Innovative musical filmmaking! Russell Crowe glowering in a silly hat (on set) and a silly hoodie (off set)! And let's not forget, this isn't director Tom Hooper's first time at the Oscar rodeo. Lincoln, we love you, fingers »

- Kyle Buchanan

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