Sunday, February 22, 2009
I wasn't entirely sold on the concept of Hugh Jackman as host, but for the opening, he deserves at least some credit for sheer energy alone. It wasn't great - not funny enough to be remembered as a classic (see Billy Crystal), and not bad enough to be remembered as a spectacle (see Rob Lowe). The references to the blockbusters being largely shut out was funny, as was what appeared to be Jackman cracking up for real in the "Reader" section. The "here are all the stars" walkthrough was not hysterically funny, but in the end his charm won the day.