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Tony Awards: Hugh Jackman accepts special award, doesn’t sing (Video)

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Hugh Jackman was given a special Tony Award for his contributions to the Broadway community during Sunday’s ceremony. But sadly, the Aussie triple-threat did not sing. Not even one note.

“I feel it’s my privilege ... just to appear on stage every night on Broadway. To get something like this is an embarrassment of riches,” Jackman said, after being given the award by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. “I can’t thank you enough.”

(Tony Awards 2012: ‘Once’ wins best musical; ‘Clybourne Park’ best play)

“I will never forget my time with you, this theater community. It is something that I treasure almost as much as anything,” he continued.

The “X-Men” actor also singled out his wife to thank her for supporting him and for overcoming her fear of public speaking to give him the award: “This is probably the greatest thing you’ve ever done for me.”

Jackman recently finished filming a movie adaptation of “Les Miserables” in London and some fans (hand raised) hoped the musical would have a moment at this year’s Tonys.

These hopes were raised when Amanda Seyfried, who plays Cosette in the movie, appeared to present an award and make a flat “Mamma Mia!” joke during host Neil Patrick Harris’s opening number.

But alas, the “Les Miserables” stars did not align. I guess we’ll just have to watch the trailer — again.

Watch Jackman’s speech below.


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