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Jackman does Oscars!

Dec. 12, 2008by: Mike Sampson

It seemed like the lack of any kind of Oscar buzz for AUSTRALIA was going to keep Hugh Jackman off the Academy Award stage this year but the fiesty Aussie had a backup plan. He might not get nominated for an Oscar so he's just gonna have to host the damn show instead. Take that Oscar voters. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists announced today that Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards this February. While the Academy wasn't talking specifics about what to expect out of Hugh, don't expect any big stand-up routine a la Steve Martin or Billy Crystal. A quote-unquote insider told Deadline Hollywood that "[Hugh] didn't work the last 20 years to suddenly be a stand-up comedian." Uhh, so what's he gonna do? He's a funny guy, why not allow him to tell a few jokes? It would seem to be a profound lack of his talent to just get him up there to go "to present our next award we have..." Given Jackman's Broadway past and his experience hosting the Tony's, you can expect singing, dancing and, ahem, a gay old time. It's a great choice but here's hoping the producers allow Hugh to liven up the show...

Extra Tidbit: Jackman's son is named...Oscar.
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6:39PM on 12/15/2008

Cool

He'll def do a wolverine joke.
He'll def do a wolverine joke.
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11:56PM on 12/14/2008

whoa whoa whoa....

you guys...and gals (if any), are totally missing the point. Where is the damn wolverine trailer? JoBlo usually has the trailer a day before, and seeing how the trailer premiered with The Day the Earth Stood Still, it should be up, but nothing. I refuse to watch that movie, so ill have to google the shit out of wolverine trailer, which shouldn't take more than 10 seconds for me to find it.
you guys...and gals (if any), are totally missing the point. Where is the damn wolverine trailer? JoBlo usually has the trailer a day before, and seeing how the trailer premiered with The Day the Earth Stood Still, it should be up, but nothing. I refuse to watch that movie, so ill have to google the shit out of wolverine trailer, which shouldn't take more than 10 seconds for me to find it.
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5:12PM on 12/14/2008
It could work; he strikes me as a pretty personable guy. It really depends on the writers, though. That's where it could get ugly.
It could work; he strikes me as a pretty personable guy. It really depends on the writers, though. That's where it could get ugly.
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11:48AM on 12/14/2008
I'll watch it now. Even though the whole show will be TDK related.
I'll watch it now. Even though the whole show will be TDK related.
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7:05AM on 12/14/2008
To F.JackieAbraham--now THAT would be awesome..LOL
To F.JackieAbraham--now THAT would be awesome..LOL
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11:43PM on 12/13/2008
Why all the bitching? The show is going to be worth watching now.
Why all the bitching? The show is going to be worth watching now.
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2:57PM on 12/13/2008

Forget the dancing.....

He needs to wear a wife beater and start kicking the shit out of presenters. That would be entertaining!!!
He needs to wear a wife beater and start kicking the shit out of presenters. That would be entertaining!!!
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2:30PM on 12/13/2008
Just let the man go overboard with theatrics and all will be forgiven. Let him make a few cracks about American audiences vs. Australians or something. So long as they picked this guy for the right reasons I'm not worried.
Just let the man go overboard with theatrics and all will be forgiven. Let him make a few cracks about American audiences vs. Australians or something. So long as they picked this guy for the right reasons I'm not worried.
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8:12AM on 12/13/2008

ALRIGHTY

Nice. I would love to see Conan host the show. He is fucking hilarious. And I honestly love Chris Rock too. He has been the funniest host so far...
Nice. I would love to see Conan host the show. He is fucking hilarious. And I honestly love Chris Rock too. He has been the funniest host so far...
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12:30AM on 12/13/2008
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10:47PM on 12/12/2008
It will be a winner if he impales a few people with those claws of his.
It will be a winner if he impales a few people with those claws of his.
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9:50PM on 12/12/2008
could this be an omen of TDK's chances?
could this be an omen of TDK's chances?
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9:12PM on 12/12/2008

-enters dancing in yellow spandex

snikt snikt baby
snikt snikt baby
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8:57PM on 12/12/2008

Jon Stewart!

He does a perfectly fine job. The best job, even!
He does a perfectly fine job. The best job, even!
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8:45PM on 12/12/2008
This is gonna suck. I like Jackman, but that's a horrible hosting choice. Hosting should only by someone who can be funny but not really part of the Hollywood (no one with a big career in movies), as hosts are basically there to break the monotone pattern of the show. A big actor like Jackman will only lead to polite pats on the back of his fellow actors. Boring. It should have been the duo of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert (instead of just Stewart) or Conan O'Brien (he was really funny and
This is gonna suck. I like Jackman, but that's a horrible hosting choice. Hosting should only by someone who can be funny but not really part of the Hollywood (no one with a big career in movies), as hosts are basically there to break the monotone pattern of the show. A big actor like Jackman will only lead to polite pats on the back of his fellow actors. Boring. It should have been the duo of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert (instead of just Stewart) or Conan O'Brien (he was really funny and brought some originality when he hosted the Emmys - see his intro video on youtube, very good stuff). Maybe like Will Ferrell because he's always funny.
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8:42PM on 12/12/2008

damnit

i wanted Ricky Gervais! they were advertising that he might be hosting since the Emmy's and then all of a sudden BAM! you get Hugh Jackman? seriously, what is he gonna do?
i wanted Ricky Gervais! they were advertising that he might be hosting since the Emmy's and then all of a sudden BAM! you get Hugh Jackman? seriously, what is he gonna do?
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8:01PM on 12/12/2008

Thats cool

I really hope they let him do some pretty funny stuff out there!
I really hope they let him do some pretty funny stuff out there!
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7:39PM on 12/12/2008
i've got nothing against jackman, he's a cool dude, but I was really hoping Gervais would be the host. That would have been excellent.
i've got nothing against jackman, he's a cool dude, but I was really hoping Gervais would be the host. That would have been excellent.
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7:09PM on 12/12/2008
While I like Hugh Jackman and think he's a talented guy, I was really rooting for Ricky Gervais to host. Even though he had already said he probably wouldn't.
While I like Hugh Jackman and think he's a talented guy, I was really rooting for Ricky Gervais to host. Even though he had already said he probably wouldn't.
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6:54PM on 12/12/2008
I like this. It gives a new face to the Oscars. But what they really need to do is hire new writers for Oscar night. They're the ones with no sense of humor or comedic timing.
I like this. It gives a new face to the Oscars. But what they really need to do is hire new writers for Oscar night. They're the ones with no sense of humor or comedic timing.
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6:50PM on 12/12/2008
It could work; he strikes me as a pretty personable guy. It really depends on the writers, though. That's where it could get ugly.
It could work; he strikes me as a pretty personable guy. It really depends on the writers, though. That's where it could get ugly.
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6:34PM on 12/12/2008
Jackman is as safe as they come. He comes across as smart and affable. I think it's a good choice and he can be pretty funny too. Overall, I'd give this choice a thumbs up.

More importantly, this choice is a fairly big "get" for the Oscars. Hugh Jackman is a certifiable A-lister with an established audience. This will automatically pull in some folks that might not have otherwise tuned in.
Jackman is as safe as they come. He comes across as smart and affable. I think it's a good choice and he can be pretty funny too. Overall, I'd give this choice a thumbs up.

More importantly, this choice is a fairly big "get" for the Oscars. Hugh Jackman is a certifiable A-lister with an established audience. This will automatically pull in some folks that might not have otherwise tuned in.
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6:26PM on 12/12/2008
Hell yes!! This is such awesome news!! I don't know what Conz's problem is but Hugh is a man of many talents and he will make an awesome host!!! Now I'm actually looking forward to the Oscars!!!
Hell yes!! This is such awesome news!! I don't know what Conz's problem is but Hugh is a man of many talents and he will make an awesome host!!! Now I'm actually looking forward to the Oscars!!!
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6:24PM on 12/12/2008

lame

superlame. i dont know why, i just dont like this guy, and they are gonna try to make him funny, which will fail miserably.
superlame. i dont know why, i just dont like this guy, and they are gonna try to make him funny, which will fail miserably.
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