December 13, 2008
Hugh Jackman -- the "Sexiest Man Alive" according to People magazine's -- is also going to host the Oscars. Jackman was announced Friday as the host of the 81st Academy Awards, a marked departure from the academy's standard of big-name comedians such as Jon Stewart who hosted in 2008 and 2006, and Ellen DeGeneres the 2007 host.
Producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon called the Australian actor "a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star. He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion."
What is going to be strange is when Jackman actually wins an Oscar. For thos who have not seen Australia, it's simply an amazing film, and Jackman is likely to be nominated for Best Actor. Jackman plays a roughhewn cattle driver opposite Nicole Kidman in the romantic adventure.
"Thirty years ago when I was in Sydney watching Johnny Carson host the Oscars with my family, I never imagined that I'd one day have the chance to be up on that stage myself," he said in a statement. "I am very grateful to the Academy for giving me this opportunity.
I think it's definitely worth watching the awards this year. Go get'em Wolverine.