Jon Stewart clearly hated doing it. Steve Martin was OK, but there's a certain melancholy about him that just doesn't quite work. Whoopi was pretty good, but she's busy with The View
. But no one has really worked as host of the Oscars®
since Billy Crystal.
It's kind of the perfect confluence of events to have Hugh Jackman named this year's host coinciding with his being named People
magazine's "sexiest man" for playing a rough romantic hero cut right out of a romance novel. Most people know him as Wolverine; a few know him as Van Helsing. But I'm kind of with Deeky
on this one. Because in this year when Prop 8 passed in California, and Jon Stewart is busy doing the Democrats' work in smacking down Mike Huckabee's homophobic sanctimony
, I want to see Hugh Jackman, World's Sexiest Man, open the show like this:
But I want them to stick Mike Huckabee right there in the front where Jackman can bring him up to dance.