2005: Here was Chris Rock, hosting the Oscars: “I remember one year when Halle Berry won the Oscar, Nicole Kidman was smiling so wide, she shoulda won an Emmy at the Oscars for her performance.”
2009: Hugh Jackman, hosting the Oscars, wins an Emmy at the Oscars for his performance.
(Jackman’s Emmy-winning performance on YouTube. Photo: Michael Yada/AMPAS)
Actually, the true Emmy winners were the writers of Jackman’s opening number, rather than Jackman himself. (For the record: William Ross, John Kimbrough, Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab and Ben Schwartz.)
Personally, I think Jackman deserves some kind of award for having the nerve to introduce a production number with lines like “everything is being downsized because of the recession,” and “because of cutbacks, the Academy said they didn’t have enough money for an opening number” – and then pull off that allegedly cut-rate production number while standing beneath a three-ton, 60-foot-tall Swarovski crystal curtain made up of more than 100,000 imported crystals.
If you can stand beneath that curtain and sell a number whose premise is frugality, you deserve a mantle-ful of shiny gold statuettes.
By the way, Chris Rock also won an Emmy last night. But his didn’t have anything to do with the Oscars.