Prize Pack Giveaway: Les Misérables

Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again! Well homos, do you hear it?! You totally should, because we’re getting damn close to December 25, which is opening day of Les Misérables at the movies and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see those badass revolutionaries marching the streets of France while singing soul-stirring tunes about when the beating of your heart echoes the beating of your drums on my local cinema screen!

via universal pictures

via universal pictures

Full disclosure, I am actually not a huge “movie person.” I only saw one film in 2012, and the fact that I don’t mind telling you that it was The Hunger Games, and sorry I’m not sorry, is a testament to my feeling that Autostraddle is a real safe space. But despite my inability to ever commit to see a movie, I am a total theater dork, and I think it’s my weirdo theater kid roots that are really getting my blood pumping about the film version of the world’s longest-running musical.

Incase you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me catch you up super quickly so we can get to the awesome fun amazing portion of this post where I tell you about the prizes you can win! Oh yes, did I mention that? We’ve teamed up with Universal Pictures to bestow some pretty sweet swag to one of you little revolutionaries (yes, I just said swag, no, I’m not sorry, yes, this is still a safe space). But okay, before we talk about the giveaway, here’s what you have to look forward to on December 25.

I know. I know. Like I said, I’m really not a movie person, but I am dying to see this film. Incase you’re interested in the particulars, the film is directed by Tom Hooper of The Kings Speech and is based on the original stage musical which is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It boasts an extremely accomplished cast, starring Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen and in my completely amateur opinion, it could very well be the best film you see all year.

If you’re not into watching movie trailers or if you’re currently at work like me and can’t watch movies on YouTube for fear of your boss firing you, here’s a synopsis of what the film will bring:

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

Broken dreams! Unrequited love! Passion, sacrifice and redemption! Even if you’re not in love with Anne Hathaway (who isn’t in love with Anne Hathaway?) and even if you haven’t always loved this musical in your dorky little theater geek heart, who can resist those compelling themes? Not I, dear reader, not I.

anna hathaway is just one of the many reasons you should go see this film

anne hathaway is just one of the many reasons you should go see this film

So okay, let’s talk about this prize pack. One lucky reader will receive a $25 Fandango gift card, and a Les Misérables t-shirt, journal, and soundtrack! Merry December 25! To enter this giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite song from Les Misérables and why that particular number wins your heart. We’ll pick a winner randomly on Wednesday, December 19. Here, I’ll get the party started.

My favorite song from Les Misérables is “On My Own,” because at age 11 I decided it totally encompassed all the feelings in my tiny soul and I moped around my house singing it loudly, even though I obviously had no understanding of what it was actually about and also I’m pretty much tone-deaf and even my girlfriend doesn’t like it when I sing in the car, but my kind parents never told me how horrendous I sounded and even indulged my delusions that I would one day be Éponine on Broadway (though I think they were very relieved when I finally faced reality at age 18 and told them I thought I might actually be more suited for a life behind the page rather than on the stage, bless my little heart).

Okay, now it’s your turn! And when you’re done entering our contest you can follow Les Misérables on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

UPDATE 12/19/12: Congratulations Ally, you are the winner of this giveaway! (Please check your email ASAP so you can claim your prize!) For those of you who don’t want to scroll through 100+ comments to find Ally’s entry (though I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t wanna do that) here’s what she had to say:

Les Miserables is my absolute favorite musical (and one of my favorite books); in fact, it was my soundtrack of choice for homework sessions throughout the last month of the semester. So, it’s difficult for me to choose just one song as a favorite– i love I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own; A Little Fall of Rain and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables bring me to tears, Stars and Do You Hear the People Sing? are so powerful… i think that if i *had* to choose just one, it’d be One Day More- it captures the first act so beautifully. i love it. Plus, there’s this: Should i ever find “the One”, this will happen at the ceremony.

Congratulations again to Ally, and thanks to everyone who entered. Enjoy the film on December 25! You are all my favorite revolutionaries.

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  1. “Lovely Ladies”, for real. It’s just so much fun to sing, and even though it’s a total ensemble piece, it’s actually sort of one of my dream roles to be able to say I played a prostitute in pre-Revolution France. Uh, yeah.

    Oh, and of course “One Day More” is my second favorite, although so far from what I’ve seen– Anne Hathaway’s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” might actually shoot to the top of my favorites… I have to wait and see the movie/hear the whole song to decide. <3

  2. This might be the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. Because oh my god, I have three different recordings of Les Mis on my iPod (in two different languages) so this is very very very hard. That being said, “One Day More” is the most epic song I’ve ever heard. It ties together all the characters and their storylines and is just so good. But it’s got to be tied with the Finale/Valjean’s Death because I go from absolutely sobbing at “You will love… Papa, you’re going to live!” to inspired from the reprise of Do You Hear The People Sing.

    I may or may not have too many feelings about this book/musical/movie.

  3. Absolutely everything Fantine! But I give another vote for “I Dreamed a Dream,” because it captures innocence & sheer joy along with the other side of the coin–heartbreak, hopelessness & world-weariness–so perfectly… just so many emotions in such a perfect song. I feel like I relate to the song differently with each major life experience & passing year. (Though that’s true of the whole musical!) I also can’t get through “Fantine’s Arrest” without crying.

    Ruthie Henshall as Fantine on the 10th Anniversary gives me chills to this day. When I first discovered the world of Autostraddle, I went to YouTube to find Haviland singing it & adored her version, too. & Fantine is just one of my favorite characters, period. (I also love the students, especially Enjolras & Grantaire… “Red & Black,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” etc. etc. are honorable mentions!)

    I can’t believe “Les Mis” is finally going to be a movie musical! I think I was the theater equivalent of a groupie for the show during the bulk of the 90’s-early 2000’s, geeking out for the national tour/regional productions, etc. *so many old, nostalgic feelings*!

  4. This question is 24601% unfair and I would like to register a formal protest, because it’s like you’re asking me to choose which child is my favorite. (Except harder, since I am very much Not A Kid Person.) How on earth do you expect me to do this, is the point.

    I’m tempted to go with “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” or “The Final Battle”, because emotional masochism is my middle name, but I think at the end of the day, I have to go with “One Day More”, because – in true Autostraddle spirit – I just have Too Many Feelings about that song. It’s one of the most gorgeous and powerful songs I have ever heard and one of my favorite songs of all time, and I am honestly too scared to listen to the movie rendition because the way that song is staged is inevitably what makes or breaks a production of Les Mis for me.

    PS: Everyone commenting on this post needs to be my best friend. I need more Les Mis-loving friends.

  5. “Who Am I?”. Something about that scene where his morality was hanging on a moment was so character-defining, and for me, one of the best climaxes in his character development. Questioning his identity, struggling with trying to escape your past only to realize that sometimes embracing it is the only way you can move forward. Just so much hard beauty in that one little song.

  6. My sister and I went through a huge Les Mis phase when I was 10 after my parents took us to see the touring Broadway production at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. My sister and I had to listen to the soundtrack every day in the car and sing along, and I remember trying to learn “Master of the House” on my cello. So much fun!

    So I know I’m going to see this regardless of the reviews. I’m a bit skeptical about them casting big Hollywood actors rather than musical theatre people, with the exception of Hugh Jackman, who I’m excited to see as Jean Valjean (though he seems like he’d make a better Javert to me, I don’t know why), because he was really awesome as Curly in Oklahoma! in the West End production he was in, which I think I’ve watched on YouTube about a hundred times.

  7. Also, I forgot – I don’t know if writers are allowed to enter this, but my favorite song is “One Day More.” Something about big crowd songs has always been really inspiring to me (my favorite song in West Side Story is also the “Tonight” quintet). You can just feel everyone yearning for change, whether that’s in their own lives or for revolution. It really brings the spirit of the musical to life.

  8. My Mom and I would (kinda/sorta) force my Dad to play our audition songs on the piano all the time. I was young and cocky so my choice was On My Own, naturally. It’s such an emotional song that’s it’s almost easy to let go and and cry.I thought that enhanced my acting. My Mom’s was Do You Hear The People Sing and I sometimes got jealous and wanted to sing that instead. It’s so powerful and singing a “man’s part” always resonated with my little Tom-boy self. Love the play. Kinda liked the book. Hope to love the movie!

  9. Oh wow, so i had *just* shut the lid to my laptop and was about to go to bed when i got an email notification on my phone– i didn’t recognize the name and didn’t see the subject but opened it anyway and OH MY GOD I WON THE LES MIS GIVEAWAY *COMMENCE HYPERVENTILATION*

    Y’all made my night. So. Much. Joy.

    Autostraddle team (which i *always* read as “astrostraddle, i dunno why). . . thanks! i shall think of all y’all as i watch Les Mis two or three times in the theater (might have to use part of the giftcard to go see The Hobbit again.) Cheers! :-)

  10. So what did people think about the film? As a musician I have mixed feelings; I think a lot of the people weren’t really the best singers for their parts. The best were Enjolras, Marius and Eponine in that order.

    Also, please tell me I’m not the only little girl who liked the idea of playing Gavroche way way more than playing young Cosette.

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