Three reasons why the multi-talented Australian actor Hugh Jackman has been picked to host the 81st annual Academy Awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter:
"The hope is clearly that Jackman can bring in both a younger audience (because of his X-Men roles), a female audience (because of his People-endorsed sex appeal) and can also revive the theatricality of the event (because of his song-and-dance cred evidenced when he hosted the Tonys)."
Here's what Oscars coproducer Laurence Mark had to say about Jackman, a 2004 Tony winner for Best Actor in a Musical for The Boy From Oz, possibly performing on the Feb. 22 telecast:
Would Jackman be doing a musical number himself? Mark hedged: "Let's just say that with Hugh, there'd be a good reason to do it. It's certainly extremely appealing. He's definitely not going to be doing a 10-minute comedy monologue."
I'm not a comic book fan but I really liked the X-Men movies, in which Jackman played the superhero Wolverine. If you want to see him without his facial hair and retractable claws, and hear him sing, check out Jackman's performance as Curley in the London revival of Oklahoma!, which is available on dvd.
And honestly, I think having an actor host the show will be a nice change from the comedians, whose jokes were getting a little stale anyway. Now I have to get out and see some movies.