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Can Hugh Jackman continue the Oscars' love affair with Emmys?

February 20, 2009 |  6:24 pm

Hugh Jackman certainly has the potential to be one of the all-time great Oscars hosts. A consummate showman, Hugh Jackman should be able to handle everything asked of him by Bill Condon and Laurence Mark, first-time producers of the Oscars. As you can see from this sneak peek of Hugh Jackman in rehearsals for Sunday's Oscars, he sure looks like he can deliver the old razzle dazzle. Bill Condon certainly knows all about that having adapted 2002 best picture "Chicago" from the Broadway tuner and directed another stage-to-screen musical — the spectacular "Dreamgirls" — in 2006 with Mark producing.

When Hugh Jackman hosted the Tony Awards for the second time in a row in 2004, he opened the show with a specially written version of "One Night Only" from "Dreamgirls," which was a Tony Award-winning best musical long before it was a film.

At the time Hugh Jackman was wowing Broadway audiences with his performance as showman Peter Allen in "The Boy From Oz," and he would win a Tony Award that night as best actor in a musical. During the Tonycast, he performed an electrifying number from the show, enlisting the help of a suddenly shy Sarah Jessica Parker.

For his 2004 hosting efforts, Hugh Jackman won the 2005 Emmy Award for best individual performance in a variety, musical or comedy program. He picked up another nod for hosting these Broadway kudos again the following year, but lost to Barry Manilow.

The last time the host of the Oscars took home an Emmy was back in 1998 when Billy Crystal won for his sixth time emceeing. Crystal had already won in 1991 for the second of four consecutive appearances and he was nominated for all but the first of his eight turns as host.

Whoopi Goldberg received an Emmy nomination for the first two of her four times hosting in 1993 and 1995, while Steve Martin picked up a nod for the first of his two appearances in 2000. Daytime Emmy darling Ellen DeGeneres was nominated for hosting in 2006, while Jon Stewart had to wait till the second of his two turns last year to get an Emmy nod.

And while David Letterman and Chris Rock are multiple Emmy winners, neither merited a nod for their dismal one-time hosting of the Oscars in 1994 and 2004, respectively.


Sneak Peek: See Hugh Jackman warming up his Oscar act

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