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Hosting the Academy Awards® is no small feat, and no one had a better excuse to party all night than Hugh Jackman. But the singing and dancing superstar says he wasn't out late. "This was the party for me," he says. "I had the time of my life. I keep thinking: 'I'm a kid from the northern suburbs of Sydney; I have no business being here. But what the hell? For three and a half hours, I'm going to have the time of my life.'"

Some of the papers have already described Hugh as "shockingly comfortable" as a host, and Hugh admits he wasn't that nervous. "I had a secret weapon. My secret weapon was sitting in about the sixth row—it was my wife," he says. "It's a connection. It takes it off you."

And the show got off to a great start—Hugh received a standing ovation for his opening song and dance! "Everywhere you looked—even though there were kind of like the biggest movie stars in the world—there was goodwill and warmth," he says.

But that was only a warm-up for Hugh's dancing shoes. Later in the show, he teamed up with Beyoncé to honor great musicals. "After she comes down, I sing from Grease 'I've got chills...,' that's the easiest acting I've ever done in my life," he says. "She's singing and I know there's a billion people and everyone in the audience, but I thought it was just for me."
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FROM: Oprah's After-Oscar Party 2009
Published on February 23, 2009

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