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.