Last year, Oscar statuettes were displayed in Manhattan's Times Square Studios. I made the images above when I visited the display last year. The golden guy known to the world as the Oscar is the real star of Sunday's 81st Academy Awards which will be hosted by HUGH JACKMAN. First-time Oscar host Mr. Jackman received an Emmy Award in 2005 for hosting the Tony Awards in New York. He also won a Tony Award for his role in the hit Broadway show THE BOY FROM OZ. I took the above photo of Mr. Jackman at the stagedoor of the Imperial Theatre in Times Square after a performance in 2004. According to previous reports, Mr. Jackman will open the ceremony with a musical number staged by "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann and Tony-award winning choreographer, Rob Ashford. Hollywood is hoping that this year's awards ceremony will draw more viewers and provide a brief escape from hard economic times. Youtube video from saremac.