Oscar’s Heroic New Host: Hugh Jackman

By: Celebuzz / December 12, 2008

Not only is X-Men star Hugh Jackman Broadway-bound, he’s also been announced as the host of the upcoming 81st Academy Awards telecast.

“Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said Lawrence Mark and Bill Condon, who produce the annual show, in a joint statement released to the Los Angeles Times. “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.”

In the past, the Australian actor, 40, has been an Oscar presenter. Additionally, People‘s Sexiest Man Alive also hosted the Tony Awards in 2005, which led to him winning an Emmy Award.

Jackman’s current flick Australia has been been doing less-than-spectacular at the U.S. box office. Its estimated production budget is $130 million, but the film has raked in only $33 million since its November release.

The burly star is said to next be starring in a Broadway musical based on the life of famed escape artist Harry Houdini, which will boast music by Danny Elfman.

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