It is official, has been named 81st Annual Academy Awards' host by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The announcement has been made on Friday, December 12 by producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon in a joint statement, "Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star."
"He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion," the pair further commented on the positive side of the man who has just been dubbed People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, stressing, "Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year's movies - and to have fun doing it." Of the breaking out from the typical Oscar host with Jackman, Mark reasoned, "We are trying to get away from this late-night talk show rut. It seemed to us that we needed to turn a corner and get somebody who is, imagine that, a movie star."