Hugh Jackman to host new-look Oscars

December 12, 2008 9:51:28 AM PST
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Academy Awards. [SIGN UP: Get entertainment news sent to you]

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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