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article imageOp-Ed: Hugh Jackman, what a beautiful man

By Tamara Baluja     Feb 22, 2009 in Entertainment
The host of the 2009 Oscars is none other than Hugh Jackman, an Emmy and Tony-award winner hailing from Australia. So what is he doing at an acting award event?
As the 2009 Oscars host, all eyes will be on Hugh Jackman as he entertains and moves along the prestigious Academy Awards tonight.
While he is probably best-known for playing Wolverine in X-Men, he is also a widely acclaimed theatre actor. It is impossible to think of Hugh Jackman (at least for me) without his rendering of "Oh, what a beautiful morning" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma. It is the single-most giggle-inspiring rendition I have yet seen. Here is the version from his BBC interview.
This was the actor's breakout role.
He played the leading role of Curly, in the Royal National Theatre's acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma!, in London's West End. The performance earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Jackman also starred in the acclaimed 1999 film version of the same stage musical, which has been broadcast on television internationally.
This Australian actor has also been voted the 2008 People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
"He's a triple threat: a star who can sing, dance and wield a weapon. At 6 ft. 2 in., all scruff and biceps, Jackman, 40, looms large in the epic Australia, and left people stammering, "Oh ... my ... God," according to costar Nicole Kidman. Jackman's wife of 12 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, calls his perfect form "the Body of Doom – but I like what's inside": a romantic who sings ballads at home and makes pancakes for kids Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3." - People Magazine.
His acting credits include X-Men, Kate and Leopold, The Prestige, Scoop and Australia. He has performed in a number of musicals and theatricals, such as Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard and The Boy from Oz.
Jackman will also receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009. Also in 2005, Jackman was one of the choices to play James Bond, in 2006's Casino Royale, but eventually lost out to Daniel Craig.
He is no stranger to hosting shows, with both three Tony Awards under his belt. His 2004 telecast even won him an Emmy. He has been practicing up to 6 hours a day for the big night, saying he was extremely thrilled when he got the call. "I was in London at the Claridges Hotel and I woke up to a phone call around midnight. I was dead asleep and I thought it was my wake-up call ... I was just dumbstruck. When it finally sunk in I was just quiet. Then Deb (wife Deborra-Lee Furness) actually was just coming to bed and I said, 'Oh baby, you're about to get in bed with the host of the 81st Academy Awards!' and she started jumping up and down on the bed!"
When asked by People Magazine about the possibility of re-enacting his shower scene from Australia onstage, his response was "It's definitely a possibility. I don't think people understand how hot it gets up there. So I might as well. It's going to be 3 hours, at least, so I want to be comfortable!" For the sake of us ladies, let's hope so!
I hope this Oscars proves to be different. Instead of crappy jokes, maybe Jackman will burst into songs. Maybe he will burst into a song wearing his Wolverine claws. Either way, the Oscars will be spectacle just because he is hosting.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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