The X-Men star, who is tipped to be nominated at the 2013 ceremony for his turn in Les Miserables, has revealed he harboured a childhood obsession with the Academy's accountants, the elite group of executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers who count the ballots and keep the winners secret until the show.
Jackman's father worked for the Australian arm of the same firm, and the actor admits that during his first trip to the Academy Awards, he turned his camera on the accountants instead of the Hollywood crowd.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, ""You have to put it in perspective, my father was an accountant for Price Waterhouse. I was brought up in the northern suburbs of Sydney. I used to scream with excitement when the accountants came on at the Oscars. 'Dad! It's the accountants! There they are!'
""They came on with their briefcases, do you remember that? They don't do it any more, but for accountability they used to bring out the Price Waterhouse accountants. And I would say, 'Dad, one day you are going to be at the Oscars', and he'd roll his eyes.
""When I first got invited I had a camera and took a photo of the accountants when they came out on stage. I sent it to my dad thinking this is about as close as I'm going to get.""