Will Hugh Jackman return as Oscars host?

At the 2008 Oscars, Hugh Jackman handled hosting duties with great aplomb. This year, he was serenaded from the stage by Anne Hathaway, who sassed him in song for not duetting with her that night as she had done with him two years ago. While she belted out “On My Own,” he shifted in his seat and we all hoped he would join her onstage in a razzle dazzle production number.

While that was not be, Jackman did present the Best Original Score Oscar with his “Australia” co-star Nicole Kidman; he looked dashing as ever in his tuxedo. And when Mark Malkin of E! Online caught up with him later in the evening, Jackman admitted, “I did have a great, great time hosting. When I came for rehearsals this year, there was a little tug. I was like, ‘I wouldn’t mind doing this again.'”

Jackman also revealed that rookie host Hathaway was suprisingly cool prior about the experience: “I saw her at the rehearsals and she even said, ‘I feel relaxed; is that weird?’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s weird.'”

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