Hugh Jackman Gives Seth MacFarlane Tips For Hosting The Oscars
The former Oscar host advises MacFarlane to 'be funny.'
When it comes to hosting, Hugh Jackman certainly knows a thing or two about the Academy Awards.
In 2009, years before he became a frontrunner for the Best Actor statuette, the Les Miserables star served as Oscar host. Flash forward to 2013: Jackman gets ready to pass the torch, offering some advice to this year's host, Seth MacFarlane, who will helm the ceremony on Feb. 24.
"Yeah, he's gotta be funny. Like, I don't know, he's not a very funny guy, so he should work on that, right?" Jackman deadpanned to Celebuzz during the G'Day USA Black Tie Gala on Jan. 12.
Jokes aside, Jackman sought his own mentor as he took the stage for Hollywood's biggest night.
"The best advice I got was from Steve Martin, and he said, 'Just remember, the first 45 minutes: best audience of your life because everyone out there is more nervous than you, and from that moment on there's way more winners than losers, and just hurry it up!'" he revealed.
From a musical number with his future Les Mis costar Anne Hathaway to a memorable opening monologue, the Aussie actor's hard work paid off: he won rave reviews for emceeing the '09 telecast, which earned a hefty ratings boost compared to years' past.
And with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's widely acclaimed gig at last night's Golden Globes, it looks like the (comedy) bar has been set high for MacFarlane. Bring on the laughs!
Watch to find out who wins when the 85th Academy Awards ceremony is broadcast on ABC February 24, 2013. In the meantime, are you looking forward to Seth MacFarlane as this year's Oscars host? What do you think of the awards season so far?