Can Jackman Save Oscar?
He can sing, he can dance, he can act: will that be enough?
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2009 1:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Hugh Jackman has a big weight on his shoulders tonight: carrying an Academy Awards show that cynics are sure is doomed to be ignored by the public and the acting community alike. But producers remain excited that the singing, dancing, not-just-an-action star will lure viewers, and Jackman tells the Los Angeles Times he's keeping things in perspective.

"The beauty of being there is I'm going to be in a room filled with people far more nervous than I am," Jackman says, but he's still spent a solid month rehearsing and seeking former hosts' advice. While Jackman is eager, other stars have been making excuses to stay off the Oscar stage, reports Deadline Hollywood Daily.