He was there because a) he is Hugh Jackman so why wouldn’t he be invited, and b) he was nominated for the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy award for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman (which, FYI, also stars Zac Efron).
The film was also nominated in the Best Motion Picture and Best Original Song categories.
Things were looking good for Hugh. While the category was a pretty tough one and he wasn’t a clear favourite to win, the 49-year-old seemed… optimistic.
Here he is as his name is read out among the list of nominees by Emma Stone and Shirley MacLaine:
Just look how HAPPY and HOPEFUL he is...
And here is Hugh when he realises that not only did he NOT win, but he lost to The Disaster Artist actor James Franco, whose film centred on the creation of arguably the worst film ever made.
That, my friends, is the face of someone who worked for SEVEN YEARS on a film, only to be tripped at the final hurdle.
The face of someone who's all ready and packed to go to the beach when a huge thunderstorm rolls in out of nowhere.
It's the face of someone whose first thought upon waking up in the morning was, 'Gosh I can't wait to have a glass of Milo today'... only to discover the MILK HAS EXPIRED.
Ladies and gents, there has really never been a more accurate visual depiction of the word 'disappointment'.
It seems Twitter agreed, and Hugh's sad, shocked face was quickly shared around the internet, becoming one of 2018's best memes just nine days into the year.
— maria WATCH DIRK GENTLY ON NETFLIX (@nygmalpha) January 8, 2018
Hugh Jackman’s face upon seeing he lost Best Actor for his circus musical to James Franco imitating Tommy Wiseau is my new favorite reaction image to everything ever.#GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/f5zH4Rgky4
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 8, 2018
Hugh Jackman's face during James Franco's speech is how I feel about the start of 2018 #GoldenGlobes
— Jen (@standingingrace) January 8, 2018
Hugh Jackmans reaction to James franco is everything. he was robbed... #GoldenGlobes
— LegendaryLowndesy888 (@LLowndesy888) January 8, 2018
People were also pretty unhappy that Hugh didn't win anything at all:
Hugh Jackman didn’t work on The Greatest Showman for more than 7 years just to be insulted NOT UNDER MY WATCH #GoldenGlobes
— Chris (@hollandeggsy) January 8, 2018
HUGH JACKMAN DIDN'T LOSE GOLDEN GLOBES,GOLDEN GLOBES LOST HUGH. #GoldenGlobes
— déia (@partygirlu2) January 8, 2018
It's okay, Hugh, there's always the Oscars, right? We just have to wait until the end of the month to learn the nominations...
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