It’s only been a few days since Oscars 2011, but could Hugh Jackman already be making a play to return as next year’s host?
While Jackman says he enjoyed being a presenter this time around because it’s “easier and less pressure,” he tells me…
He got a bit nostalgic when he hit the Kodak.
“I did have a great, great time hosting,” he says. “When I came [to the Kodak] for rehearsals this year, there was a little tug. I was like, ‘I wouldn’t mind doing this again.’ ”
Shortly after critics trashed this year’s show, reports surfaced that Jackman and Billy Crystal were both itchin’ for the job again.
Jackman admits he was a bit surprised at how calm Anne Hathaway was about cohosting. “I saw her at the rehearsals and she even said, ‘I feel relaxed—is that weird?’ ” he smiled. “I said, ‘Yeah, that’s weird.’ ”
Did he remind her that she was going to be watched by a billion or so people?
“I didn’t add that,” Jackman laughed. “But I remember the stage manager, literally as I went on, saying, ‘Good luck man, you got a billion people out there.’ ”
For now, Jackman is gearing up for the next Wolverine flick. Director Darren Aronosky has asked him to put on 30 pounds of muscle. His daily diet includes about 6,000 calories a day, plus, he said, “pushing as hard as you can and lifting heavy weights.”
Shirtless Oscar host, anyone?
Candids > 2011 > 02 March
Candids > 2011 > 01 March
This week, Woman’s Day is all about Hugh Jackman. The magazine is featuring an article on Hugh, where he talks about why he will always love his wife, Deb. I hope to get some scans from the piece for you soon. In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt:
As the nation celebrates Deborra-lee Furness on This Is Your life, proud husband Hugh Jackman tells of his love for the woman he fell for at first sight.
A light rain was falling on Hugh Jackman as he hurried through the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, trying desperately to control his nerves. The normally suave star knew everything was riding on the next few precious minutes.
Rounding a corner with his actress girlfriend Deborra-lee Furness, Hugh watched her face as she spotted a lone table covered with a white tablecloth, impeccably set with a breakfast Hugh had prepared for two.
What Deb didn’t know was that the surprise banquet was just the beginning of what Hugh had planned – hidden in his pocket was an engagement ring. And while Hugh had intended to pace himself and propose to Deb midway through the meal, suddenly excitement got the better of him.
“My plan was to propose half way through breakfast and I thought, ‘Forget that! So I have to do it now! I need to do it now!’” the superstar remembers. “It had been raining, and finally the sun came out, and I didn’t have a line! I was thinking, ‘Come on, come on, come on, you’ve got to come up with something, this is a once-in-a-lifetime, you’ve got to come up with a line’. And I said, ‘Baby, look the sun’s come out – it’s almost perfect!’ and she says, ‘What do you mean? It is perfect!’ And I said , ‘Well… it will be if you marry me!’ “And I pulled out the ring.”
These days the couple are more in love than ever, and it’s hard to believe it’s been15 years since that magical moment when Hugh proposed. And that moment set the stage for one of the most star-studded weddings Australia has ever seen. A whirlwind seven months after Hugh’s proposal, Deborra-lee donned a white dress for what she still jokes is “the best wedding I ever went to”.
Public Appearances > 2011 > 02/27: 83rd Academy Awards – Arrivals
Public Appearances > 2011 > 02/27: 83rd Academy Awards – Show
Public Appearances > 2011 > 02/27: 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter
Deadline has reported a rundown of tomorrow night’s 83rd Academy Awards. Hugh Jackman – along with Australia costar, Nicole Kidman – will reportedly be the seventh set of presenters appearing on the stage, handing out the Oscar for Best Original Score. Below is an excerpt from Deadline’s article. (Be aware that there are spoilers for the entire award ceremony at the source.)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) and Hugh Jackman (2011’s Real Steel and host of the 81st Academy Awards) are onstage for the “Scenic Transition Sound” into the Silent Era then Broadway Melody then THX and a past film score medley with the orchestra. Kidman and Jackman hand out the Best Original Score Oscar.
Public Appearances > 2011 > 02/12: Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Public Appearances > 2011 > 02/11: Benefiting The Ben Stiller Foundation And The J/P Haitian Relief Organization