He’s had quite a year, having been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, as well as some major movie success. And last night Hugh Jackman took over the reigns as the host of the 81st Annual Academy Awards.
The “Australia” stud gushed about his experience as host, telling press, “I had the time of my life.” But despite his best efforts, critics largely panned the Oscars.
One critic reported, "Jackman did his best. His mission just wasn’t accomplishable," adding that making the dull show exciting “would have require powers beyond those of Wolverine.”
The Associated Press seemed to agree. "He's only human. And he's only one man. Along with Jackman presiding, this year's Oscarcast was supposed to feel stylistically new and invigorated. In a year when Oscar winners seemed more predictable than usual, the night's suspense for many viewers had been diverted to wondering whether the broadcast itself would successfully deliver a few welcome surprises. But what passed for surprises was an over formatted style that seemed to turn the night into a Learning Annex short course in how movies are made."