Hugh Jackman Will Host The 2009 Oscars, Academy Confirms

The 'Australia' star will break a long tradition of comedian hosts for the Academy Awards.

Come February 22, [movie id="335165"]"Australia"[/movie] star and People's Sexiest Man Alive Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Annual Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.

[movieperson id="234610"]Jackman[/movieperson] was out of the country on a promotional tour for "Australia," his publicist said, so he was not immediately available for comment about the new gig.

In the past the show has been hosted by the likes of comedians Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Billy Crystal. But for the 2009 broadcast, the Academy appears to be trying something different — not just with a new type of host, but also with new producers, a new set director and even a new music director, the AP reported.

Although he may be an Oscar-hosting virgin, Jackman isn't green when it comes to hosting awards shows. He hosted the Tony Awards in 2004 and 2005, earning Emmy nominations both times and winning for the 2004 show.

Jackman, 40, has never been nominated for an Oscar, and judging by the fact that "Australia" was nowhere on the list of Golden Globe nominations announced this week, this might not be his year either. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for his role in "Kate & Leopold" and garnered MTV Movie Award nominations in 2001 and 2004 for his role as Wolverine in [movie id="142345"]"X-Men"[/movie] and "X2."

Jackman will don the mutton chops once more in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," due in May.