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02/07/2013 02:15 pm ET Updated Feb 07, 2013

Hugh Jackman, Oscar Season Joker, On 'Lincoln' Star Daniel Day-Lewis: 'The Lead Guy, Who I Always Forget His Name'

Hugh Jackman: deadpan comic wizard or in need of a nap? Probably both at this point in awards season, but that's the question raised by a TIME magazine video interview where the "Les Miserables" star "can't remember" Daniel Day-Lewis' name.

As part of the magazine's "Great Performance" series, Jackman and his "Les Mis" co-star Anne Hathaway, both Oscar nominees, sat down to discuss their craft and experiences on Tom Hooper's film. Toward the end of the video, the conversation turned to 2012's abundance of wonderful movies.

"There were a lot of great performances this year. Naomi Watts in 'The Impossible'; every performance in 'Life of Pi,' including the tiger," Hathaway said, before Jackman jumped in: "'Lincoln's' a movie ... but the lead guy, who I always forget his name ..." After Hathaway told Jackman it was Day-Lewis, his fellow Best Actor nominee, Jackman perked up: "He's awesome."

Before you start accusing Jackman of being a dilettante, however, here's Frank DiGiacomo from Movieline:

If you need any further proof that Wolverine a) can act and b) possesses a wit that's as well-developed as his pecs, keep a close eye on his poker face as he claims not to remember the name of Daniel Day-Lewis, who, according to conventional wisdom, will emerge the victor when the Best Actor Oscar is handed out on Feb. 24.

Indeed. All's well that end's well, but the TIME video is good for one thing: Daydreaming about an Oscars ceremony co-hosted by Jackman and Hathaway. Spoiler: It would be great.

[Movieline via TIME]

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