BEVERLY HILLS - Hugh Jackman has won a Golden Globe for his performance in Les Miserables.
The win is a major boost to Jackman's Oscar hopes, confirming him as the second favourite for the Academy Award behind frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis.
"Wow. Thank you," a jubilant Jackman said on stage in the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Golden Globes splits best actor into two categories, with Jackman competing in the musical/comedy race and Day-Lewis, star of the biopic Lincoln, in drama.
The dramatic actor category is yet to be announced.
Jackman's only real threat at the Globes was Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper, with Jack Black (Bernie), Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing In The Yemen) and Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson) the other musical/comedy actor nominees.
The Globes do not always predict the winners of the Oscars, but a win boosts a campaign, while a loss can torpedo an actor's chances.
Earlier, Nicole Kidman was up for two Golden Globes - for her supporting performance in The Paperboy and the TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn - but bombed out of both.
Keith Urban was nominated in the original song category for For You, but was beaten by Adele's song Skyfall.
The Academy Awards will be held on February 24.