Hugh Jackman to Host 2009 Oscars
Hugh Jackman to Host 2009 Oscars
The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences have enlisted the help of People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive as host of next year’s ceremonies.  Hugh Jackman will preside over the show, in a surprise move when Oscar hosting gigs are usually given to stand-up comics or television hosts such as Jon Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres.

The move was done in hope to boost viewership for the award ceremonies, which has seen its lowest ratings last year.  They sought to find ways to include movies from this year who wouldn’t usually figure in awards ceremonies such as this one, and Jackman’s hiring—a pure actor, unlike previous hosts—could do just that.

However, Jackman isn’t a stranger to hosting.  The actor, who last starred in the box office disappointment Australia, handled hosting duties for the 58th Tony Awards in 2004; his work, as well as his singing and dancing, earned him an Emmy the following year.

The event’s producers, Laurence Mark and Bill Condon, thought Jackman was the right choice because he “had style, elegance and a sense of occasion” and is also a “consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star.”

The Oscars will air on ABC on February 22.

-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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