Will Hugh Jackman Be A Successful Oscar Host?

When we first heard that Hugh Jackman was hosting tonight’s Academy Awards, we were confused. Don’t they always have comedians host? In the past 20 years, the hosts have all been well-known funny people, i.e., Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart. But even if Jackman isn’t a stand-up comedian, he does have credentials that seem to make him qualified. He’s hosted the Tony Awards three times, even winning an Emmy for the 2004 Tonys, and he can sing and dance better than Billy Crystal. And he has one more thing going for him: He’s lovely to look at. Not to put down Crystal, our favorite Oscar host, but Jackman is what we’d call “dashing.” We shall see if good looks, charm, and musical theater experience are enough to make our Sunday night enjoyable. Above, a video of Jackman hosting the Tonys to give you a taste of what to expect.