Carlos Costas, PacificCoastNews.com
First, the Good News, Hugh Jackman: Your chance of being hailed as an Oscar savior is good, thanks, in part, to great timing. You have consented to host an award-show telecast in the same year that audiences are liking award-show telecasts again.
The TV ratings don't lie. The People's Choice Awards was up. The Golden Globes was up. The Grammys was up. True, the Screen Actors Guild Awards was down, but that's because it went up so much last year because it was the one well-attended show of the writers' strike. On the flip side of the SAG Awards, last year's Oscar numbers were so depressed—a record-low 32 million viewers—it's a stretch to think they'll sink further. Um, doesn't it…?