12 December 2008

Announcement: Hugh Jackman

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) today has announced that their "out of circle" host for this year's upcoming Oscar ceremony will be none other than Australian, Oprah-crowd--heartthrob Hugh Jackman. While some have no doubt seen this choice of host as yet another cheap ploy by AMPAS for its televised ceremony to draw back the viewers whom it has steadily lost over the past several years - and no doubt it is, at least in small part, one such ploy - I however applaud the choice and recall Mr. Jackman's incredibly diverse, wonderfully entertaining, and saucily classy talents as those which enables this magnificent performance, for which he holds a Tony award, as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz (2004):

P. S. AMPAS has also announced that the following are the films in contention (long-list) for the Visual Effects award:


“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

“The Dark Knight”

“The Day the Earth Stood Still”


“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”

“The Incredible Hulk”

“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

“Iron Man”

“Journey to the Center of the Earth”

“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”

“Quantum of Solace”

“The Spiderwick Chronicles”

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