And you thought there’d be no musical number in this year’s Oscar show, right?
As first reported, er, fed to Fox News’ Roger Friedman, Academy Awards host Hugh Jackman is teaming up with “Australia” director Baz Luhrmann for a special musical number during this year’s Oscar extravaganza.
What Friedman got wrong is that the number isn’t opening the show, it will occur later on during the telecast. Also, sources say the number will not be inspired by legendary musical director Busby Berkeley (yeah, let’s really scare ABC guys). Still a mystery, however, is whether this Hugh Jackman production number will include this year’s three nominated songs “Down to Earth,” from “WALL-E” and “Slumdog Millionaire’s” “Jai Ho” and “O Saya.”
The best news for Oscar show fans, and probably where Friedman was misinformed on the Berkeley comparison, is that Luhrmann, one of cinema’s most creative minds, is no stranger to the stage. His production of the Puccini Opera “La Boheme” received critical acclaim and kudos in both its Australian and Broadway incarnations.
And not to be cynical, but if the number is a hit in the show, it will only help put some shine back on Luhrmann’s reputation stateside after the big-budgeted “Australia” was a huge disappointment at the box office (although it’s grossed a fine $131 million overseas). And a successful stint as Oscar host won’t hurt Jackman either. When the only true hits you’ve had involve playing a mutant superhero, your career can use the boost.
As for the news, what’s your take Oscar fan? Relieved? Excited?