HUGH JACKMAN TO HOST THE "81ST ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS,�" SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009, ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards� telecast, Producer Laurence Mark and Executive Producer Bill Condon announced today. This will be Jackman's first time center stage at the Oscar show, although he has previously been a presenter.
"Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star," said Mark and Condon in a joint statement. "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."
Jackman stars in the current release "Australia," directed by Baz Luhrmann. He will next be seen in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," having portrayed the title character in the previous three smash-hit "X-Men" movies. Other films credits include "The Prestige," "Flushed Away," "The Fountain," "Happy Feet," "Van Helsing," "Kate and Leopold" and "Swordfish."
A native of Australia, Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in "The Boy from Oz." He has served as host of the Tony Awards ceremony and won a 2005 Emmy for that.
Jackman's other stage credits include "Carousel," "Oklahoma!," "Sunset Boulevard" and "Beauty and the Beast."
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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