After going toe-to-toe in a gentlemanly way with Daniel Day-Lewis at Hollywood award shows the past couple of months, Hugh Jackman has come up with an interesting idea on how the best actor Oscar will be decided.
Apparently Day-Lewis has agreed to the plan.
"We have decided we are going to fight," Jackman, trying to keep a straight face, told AAP.
"We are actually going to get together and fight."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been looking for a way to boost TV ratings for Monday's AEDT Oscar ceremony, with a special James Bond tribute and performances by Barbra Streisand, Adele and Shirley Bassey.
But, what a coup to have Hugh "The Wolverine" Jackman going knuckle-to-knuckle with Daniel "There Will Be Blood" Day-Lewis on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with the last man standing hoisting the best actor Oscar.
"It feels more fair and the right way to handle this rather than leaving it up to others," the Sydney-born Jackman, 44, laughed.
Jackman is a smart man.
When the best actor awards are left up to voters, his track record against Day-Lewis is dismal.
Day-Lewis, for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg-directed Lincoln, is the undisputed champ heading into the Academy Awards, collecting every pre-Oscar best actor trophy and leaving the other nominees, Jackman (Les Miserables), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Denzel Washington (Flight) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), sitting in their chairs politely clapping.
Jackman's one win came at the Golden Globes, but Day-Lewis was also a winner.
The Globes divide their acting awards, with Jackman taking the musical/comedy gong and Day-Lewis the drama prize.
According to bookmakers, the Academy can go ahead today and chisel Day-Lewis's name in the gold statuette.
The bookies have Day-Lewis at extreme favourite odds, some as slim as 1/100, meaning if a punter put $100 on Day-Lewis to win, the punter would only get a return of $1.
Jackman is the second favourite, but a long way away at odds of between 10/1 and 18/1, while Phoenix, Cooper and Washington are drifting at anywhere from 20/1 to 80/1.
Before Christmas, with Les Miserables basking in the hype of premieres and a media blitz ahead of its opening in cinemas, many award pundits had the musical and Jackman pencilled in as best picture and actor frontrunners.
Jackman's portrayal of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread and who, while on the run turns his life around and becomes the master of a factory, was impressive on all fronts.
The film opens with Valjean in jail doing hard labour and the physical and mental pain of almost two decades' incarceration is reflected on Jackman's withered, scarred and sunken face.
The actor lost 10kg, rudely cropped his hair and wore a wild beard.
For the scenes where Jean Valjean has left jail and is walking for hundreds of kilometres along mountain ranges, Jackman did not drink water for 30 hours, leaving him dehydrated and in pain.
There were other forms of torture on the studio lot.
Les Miserables' director Tom Hooper wanted Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and the other cast members to sing live on set, rather than using takes sung in the controlled environments of recording studios.
This led to long and painful days of filming, where Jackman and the cast tortured their vocal chords singing take after take.
"It took a lot out of him," Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, told AAP.
It would seem Jackman, a Tony Award-winning stage performer battle-hardened for long, six day a week, runs of his Broadway shows would find the Les Miserables set a breeze, but not so.
"The Broadway shows are physically tiring," Furness explained.
"Les Miserables was emotionally and mentally tiring.
"As a singer, it required a lot of stamina. It requires a skill and takes a lot of work."
Les Miserables was shot in London and Jackman and Furness decided it would be best if the family did not relocate from their New York base for the duration of filming.
Their children, Oscar, 12, and seven-year-old Ava remained in school in Manhattan, which made life difficult for Jackman, but allowed him to genuinely portray the pain and hardship Valjean was suffering.
"This is the first film where the family didn't go over and I think it was a good thing, because it even made him more miserable so it worked for the role," Furness added.
"This is one of the hardest roles he has had to prepare for."
But it was a role Jackman desperately wanted.
"I was so stalkerish about getting the role," Jackman said.
"I hunted Tom down. I said 'Listen mate, I'll audition for it'.
"I auditioned and when I got the call about getting the part, that's when it hit me.
"It's one of those 'Careful what you wish for' moments."
If Jackman, who has hosted an Academy Awards but has never been nominated before, does pull off an upset over Day-Lewis, whether it is the conventional award announcement way or fisticuffs, it would seem only fitting.
Jackman and Furness did call their son Oscar.