While speculation is running high on who’ll host the Oscars, one name that can be crossed off the list is Hugh Jackman.
The thesp, who’s starring on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the drama “A Steady Rain,” quietly turned down the job within the past few weeks, sources said.
Jackman drew praise for his first Oscar hosting gig in February under producer Laurence Mark and exec producer Bill Condon. He may take on hosting duties again in the future, but it’s understood that he didn’t want to do the show two years in a row.
Once his Broadway run ends, Jackman will take time off and prepare for “The Real Steel,” the Shawn Levy-directed DreamWorks drama that will begin production in the spring.
The 82nd annual Academy Awards, to be held March 7, will be produced by Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman.