I really didn’t think I’d be all that impressed by Hugh Jackman as host of last night’s Oscars because the best hosts of the past have been comedians.
But when the triple-threat actor opened up the show with a splashy, over-the-top musical number that included a duet with Anne Hathaway while re-enacting Frost Nixon, I knew the Academy had made the right decision.
Granted, there wasn’t any nudity (as promised), but Hugh still delivered the goods…and high kicks! And audiences across the country must have thought so as well with preliminary ratings revealing that the telecast might have surpassed viewership for last year’s airing.
Another musical number during the show teamed up Jackman with red-sequined wearing Beyonce Knowles and High School Musical sweethearts Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron. It was a splashy number orchestrated by Baz Luhrmann, which I thought went well, except for the fact that I’m pretty sure B was lip-synching.