Hugh Jackman Dresses Up As Lincoln to “Sway” Oscar Voters

Honest Hugh! For his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, Feb. 20, Hugh Jackman stopped by dressed up as his “rival” Abraham Lincoln. Nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at Sunday’s Oscars, Jackman is going up against Lincoln star (and the frontrunner) Daniel Day-Lewis.

“I wanted to sway a few last-minute Oscar voters,” he explained to David Letterman of his costume. “I’ll be honest.”

“I mean really, can Daniel Day-Lewis do this?” the Australian actor, 44, asked before singing the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and seven years ago,” he belted out in his deep voice.

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Hugh Jackman dressed up as Abraham Lincoln on “The Late Show with David Letterman” CBS

“Can he do that? I don’t know why I didn’t get cast,” Jackman said. “Really, I have no idea.”

Jackman is also up against Silver Linings Playbook’s Bradley Cooper, The Master‘s Joaquin Phoenix and Flight‘s Denzel Washington in the Best Actor category. Day-Lewis, however, has already won SAG, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for his role portraying President Abraham Lincoln.

Watch Jackman take on Day-Lewis in the video clip above and tell Us: Who do you want to win the Oscar for Best Actor?

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