The always-charming Hugh Jackman received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy on Sunday.
One role, award worthy or not, that he’s probably relieved to NOT be handling is “host” at the upcoming Academy Awards.
When asked to give last minute advice to this year’s host, Seth MacFarlane, Jackman, who helmed the award show just three years ago, gives us an exclusive insight into what could make or break the performance.
From one host to another, Jackman’s says this:
“Just remember, for the first 45 minutes, that's the best audience you'll ever have in your life because, they're way more nervous than you. And, from that moment on, that room is filled with way more losers than winners, so hurry up and get to the end."
In short: Get it over with!
The words of wisdom, the actor also points out, are not his own, but were instead gifted to him from the mouth of comedy god Steve Martin.
Martin is a veteran at the coveted Hollywood host gig. He handled the Academy Awards job solo in 2001 and 2003, and then again in 2010 with Alec Baldwin.
Jackman urges MacFarlane to cut loose and not let the stuffy Academy atmosphere get to him. Be sure to “pick fun” as much as possible, he says.
The Les Mis star admits that his own hosting performance might have been a tad “boring” (his words, not ours), which he blames on his nice guy appeal and not his lack of comedic timing.
But if anyone can handle the job, says Jackman, it’s MacFarlane. “He was genius at the morning nominations.”
The 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, February 24 at 7 ET/4 PT on ABC.