Well, there has been reports the last few days that there would be a surprise host to this year's ceremony and the reports are true. Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards. Now, while this is somewhat surprising, I don't think it's going to be horrible. In a lot of ways I think it's a good idea. It's somewhat refreshing and if done right it could be a success.
I would actually write a lot more, but I'm heading on a plane in couple hours to head back east for the holidays. I'll continue to update while there and will probably also do a podcast very soon. I'll check in tomorrow after I've made it to Massachusetts.