Breaking News: Hugh Jackman, recently named sexiest man alive by People Magazine, is set to host the 81st Annual Academy Awards this February.
Now, in the past, comedians have hosted the Oscars, but with the exception of Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal, none have well and truly clicked. The edgier, hipper comedians (David Letterman, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart) have come off as uncomfortable, neutered and/or inappropriate. The safer choices (Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg) seemed too eager to please.
Jackman, as an actor, may seem to be an odd choice, but over the years many actors have hosted. David Niven and Jack Lemmon both hosted numerous times, and both probably were great. Jackman has already hosted the Tony awards a few times to great acclaim, and as a singing, dancing and charming fellow, I bet he'll be the breath of fresh air they're looking for.
I had thought that Ricky Gervias was going to get the gig, but I'm actually pleasantly surprised by this choice.