MUMBAI: Australian actor Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards.
The announcement was made by the show's producer Laurence Mark and Executive Producer Bill Condon. This will be Jackman's first time centre stage at the Oscar show, although he has previously been a presenter.
Mark and Condon in a joint statement said, "Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star. He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion. Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year's movies and to have fun doing it."
The Oscar Awards take place on 22 February 2009 and will air in India on Star Movies. Jackman stars opposite Nicole Kidman in Australia directed by Baz Luhrmann. He will next be seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, having portrayed the title character in the previous three X-Men movies.