Hugh Jackman ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ to Host Oscars

Goodbye Jon Stewart, your satirical skewering of Hollywood‘s elite has run its course.

It’s time to make way for Hugh Jackman, the Australian actor will host the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Jackman has usurped Matt Damon as People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive‘ and become a huge Hollywood star in recent years, following his casting as the comic book action hero Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ movie series and starring with Nicole Kidman in the epic romance “Australia”.

The 2009 Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood on February 22, 2009.

Oscar nominations will be announced in January 22nd.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Academy Awards.

The academy said Friday that the 40-year-old Australian actor, recently named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive,” will host the Oscars

Jackman stars in Baz Luhrmann’s romantic adventure film “Australia” with Nicole Kidman.

The actor first claimed fame as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie franchise. His other movie credits include 2006’s “The Prestige” and 2004’s “Van Helsing.”

With new producers, a new set director and even a new music director, the Academy has been hinting at an all new look and feel for this year’s Oscars telecast on Feb. 22.

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