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HUGH Jackman’s Oscar-hosting efforts have won praise and scorn in equal measure, with one critic comparing him with a “cheesy cruiseship entertainer”.

Cruiseship entertainment. Mission unaccomplished. Just plain weird. That’s the verdict from US critics on Hugh Jackman’s performance as host of yesterday’s Oscars.

Despite a healthy improvement in ratings for the telecast in the US – they were up 6 per cent on last year – the media has savaged “Our Hugh”.

The New York Post said Jackman “performed like a cheesy cruise-ship entertainer to the endless hours of awards to dull men we’ve never heard of for categories we don’t care about”.

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The Los Angeles Times didn’t like fhis “chorus boy spaz-out” and said it was “weird” when he sat on the lap of Frost/Nixon star Frank Langella.

New York’s Daily News said while Jackman did his best “his mission just wasn’t accomplishable”. They also didn’t like Jackman’s “human excrement” joke in the opening song, which was “gross”, “not entertaining”.

The Washington Post said Jackman was a “versatile and energetic talent” but called his opening medley of songs “pointless and flat.”

Herald Sun film critic Leigh Paatsch wasn’t a big fan, saying “Jackman’s genial, folksy style sometimes only added to the overwhelming blandness of the evening”.

“I’m not sure we’ll see Jackman again in the driver’s seat at the Oscars.”

But it wasn’t all bad. The New York Times said Jackman was a “shrewd, even thrifty choice for a recession-era Oscar night – the hosting equivalent of a value meal.”

The Toronto Star said Jackman turned the Oscars into the Broadway awards show the Tonys – which he has hosted in the past – and said it was “vastly more entertaining than it has been in years”.

Viewers seemed to like him. New York paper Newsday asked its readers to rate the Australian host’s performance and 65.5 per cent deemed it “excellent”, 21.5 per cent “good”, 8.1 per cent “satisfactory” and just 5 per cent gave him a “fail”.

Entertainment Weekly asked its readers if Jackman should return as host, with just over 70 per cent saying he should and only 29 per cent saying he should not.

Jackman was brought in to give the 81st Academy Awards a new look after years of declining TV audiences.

The traditional, joke-filled opening monologue was cut and Jackman performed two song-and-dance routines – one with actress Anne Hathaway and a second alongside singer Beyonce, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.

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February 24, 2009 - Posted by | Beyonce Knowles, Hugh jackman, Oscars, _CINEMA, _COMEDY

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