A new face will host the 81st Academy Awards telecast Sunday, February 22nd on ABC. Hugh Jackman will be center state for the evening. He’s been a presenter before, but this will be his first time to host the Oscar show.
"Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star," said Producer Laurence Mark and Executive Producer Bill Condon in a joint statement. "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," they said.
Jackman stars in the current release "Australia," directed by Baz Luhrmann. He will next be seen in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," having portrayed the title character in the previous three smash-hit "X-Men" movies.