With several other awards shows failing to entertain over the past few years, the Oscars will be sharpening its claws--its adamantium claws--to deliver a watchable event. Rawr! Down Under actor and surprisingly adept singer and dancer Hugh Jackman has been chosen as the host of this year's Academy Awards ceremony, replacing political comedian Jon Stewart, the Associated Press reports.
"Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star," said the show's producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark. "He also has style, elegance, and a sense of occasion. Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year's movies and to have fun doing it."
Jackman first found fame in the US playing the hirsute Wolverine in the X-Men movies, and most recently costarred with Nicole Kidman in the epic film Australia. He's also responsible for one of television's most embarrassing moments, the quickly canceled Viva Laughlin, which he adapted and starred in.
With Jackman onboard, early reports say that this year's Oscars will have a completely new look and feel, and will abandon the dude-on-stage-making-jokes format of years past. And with Jackman's stage background (he's a Tony Award winner), that just may involve a whole lotta singing and dancing and crooning and prancing.
The 81st Academy Awards will be held on February 22.
What do you think of this choice? And how would you make the Oscars worth watching?