An audience that included 2013's major award ceremony voters gave 'Les Miserables' a standing ovation at a screening in New York, according to reports.
Huffington Post claims that moments such as Anne Hathaway's 'I Dreamed A Dream' and Hugh Jackman's 'Bring Him Home' earned rapturous applause from attendees, who were on their feet when the end credits rolled.
Director Tom Hooper won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director in 2011 for 'The King's Speech', and has now become third-favourite to win the same accolades in 2013.
In the Director category, British bookmakers rank him at 6/1, behind Steven Spielberg for 'Lincoln' (3/1) and frontrunner Ben Affleck for 'Argo' (4/6).
Hathaway, meanwhile, is odds-on fave to scoop Best Supporting Actress, and Jackman is fifth-favourite to win Best Actor. He is currently behind John Hawkes ('The Sessions'), Denzel Washington ('Flight'), Joaquin Phoenix ('The Master') and Daniel Day-Lewis ('Lincoln').
Hathaway said during a Q&A after the screening that, although she had to lose weight for her role, she wished the media would focus instead on Jackman's weight loss. He apparently lost a full 30 pounds for the opening sequence.
The former 'Princess Diaries' sweetheart said she was nervous about undergoing a makeover that saw her lose her hair ahead of her real-life wedding, but joked: "When I eventually looked at myself in the mirror, I just looked like my gay brother. It was fine."
Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried and former 'I'd Do Anything' hopeful Samantha Barks were also present. Barks beat Taylor Swift to the role of Eponine earlier this year.
PHOTOS: Amanda Seyfried on set