The wearer of Broadway’s most glittery pants, Hugh Jackman. He’ll host the 81st Academy Awards, which producers were looking for a Cary Grant or Clark Gable type to bring back old Hollywood.
Add the LAT: “Jackman seems to be an inspired choice. He’s the “it” guy of the moment, having recently been given the full star build-up by Fox in anticipation of the release of “Australia” and even more recently been named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” He’s multi-talented (acts, sings, dances) and well liked within the industry. And he would appeal across all sorts of demographics: he tackled the stage in â€œThe Boy from Ozâ€ (2003-2004) and became Broadwayâ€™s darling, winning a Tony; he was introduced to moviegoing women in a rom-com, â€œKate and Leopoldâ€ (2001), earning a Golden Globe nod; and he picked up his guyâ€™s-guy credentials in the â€œX-Menâ€ films (2000, 2003, 2006), each of which topped the box-office. And, while “Australia” has been a critical and commercial disappointment, he gave an endearing performance and has escaped most of the blame.”