Hugh Jackman's Opening Number: 2009 Oscars

  • Published on Mar 2, 2009
  • Hugh Jackman's opening number saluting Oscar-nominated films at the 81st Academy Awards. Featuring Anne Hathaway.
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  • Jules Mpc
    Jules Mpc 3 days ago

    its called charisma and hard work. yaya there are more well trained blablablabla

  • Jules Mpc
    Jules Mpc 3 days ago

    it takes a lot of balls to perform in front of that crowd!

  • kl. johnny
    kl. johnny 3 days ago

    Its soooo Fresh n Different to see Hugh, as emcee, SING n Dance instead of seeing the USUAL!!! comedian mouthing off one stale, EXPECTED joke after another on the nominated actors/actresses.

  • amihos maz
    amihos maz 3 days ago +1

    2:50 did he just DABBED!!!!!!

  • Alex Esbenshade
    Alex Esbenshade 3 days ago +2

    2019 called, they want the 2009 Oscars back

  • Era Caburnay
    Era Caburnay 3 days ago

    How can someone thumbs down this video?

  • Ua Toto
    Ua Toto 3 days ago


  • prags v
    prags v 4 days ago

    Is there anything which Hugh can not do?❤️

  • John Bacon
    John Bacon 5 days ago

    over 16 million views, says it all. One of the best opening numbers I have seen.

  • Michael McNamara
    Michael McNamara 5 days ago +1

    I think it’s only Wolverine who can pull this gig off...

  • Min Criss
    Min Criss 6 days ago

    Hugh and Anne what a combo!

  • cu2524
    cu2524 6 days ago

    He should keep doing the opening *forever*.

  • Noelia SM.R.
    Noelia SM.R. 7 days ago +1

    Alguien más no soporta a Anne Hathaway? Es que su manera de actuar... 😑😑😑🤮

  • Shaikha alageel
    Shaikha alageel 7 days ago

    That is the exact reason why they picked him for the greatest showman

  • lady bird
    lady bird 8 days ago

    Ok I'm literally liking all the nice comments Abt Hugh Jackman 😍😂😂

  • Nicole :P
    Nicole :P 8 days ago

    Oscars, if you don't wanna let him host the Oscars again, I'm fine with that.

    Just give him his Oscar already!

  • M. P.
    M. P. 9 days ago

    That laughs at the end!

  • Susan  Vaseleck
    Susan Vaseleck 9 days ago

    Who knows how to laugh at himself better than Hugh Jackman, Damn he is cool.

  • Cricky Go
    Cricky Go 10 days ago

    he is so versatile

  • Ilya Liviz
    Ilya Liviz 11 days ago


  • Frazzy Blue
    Frazzy Blue 11 days ago +2

    Jesus how did his voice get so low?? “CONFESS TO MEE” I got shivers

  • Twinklet15398
    Twinklet15398 11 days ago

    Who's here watching this after going to see him on tour in The Man. The Music. The Show. ???? I had no idea how talented he was until I saw him live. All around best performance I've ever seen. Hugh Jackman= The Greatest Showman! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🏆🏆

  • RaymondofGH
    RaymondofGH 12 days ago

    This performance hits a little different after Logan.....

  • Henry Dang
    Henry Dang 12 days ago

    Just a humble slumdog
    Sitting on the chair
    On the millionaire
    What will I be holding, in the end?
    What’s my final answer?
    Is it written there? do I really care?
    I’m only here to phone a friend.

    Hi Sarah Jessica
    And if I thought that I could find equivalents
    Hi Kate!
    I would swim a sea of human excrement!
    And I’d begin my story, with this sentiment.
    The Slumdog Millionaire just needs some MILK!

    I’m talking about M-I-L and K, I’m talking about Milk
    (Harvey Milk)
    I’m saying it’s allright to be Gay, I’m Harvey Milk (MILK)
    I’m recruiting people all across the U.S.A.,
    I’ talking about Harvey on the griddle,
    MILK on the middle,
    Give me just a little,
    Just a little
    Give me just a little.
    Ladies and gentlemen, your Craigslist Dancers!

    How come, comic book movies, never get nominated?
    How can, a billion dollars, be unsophisticated?

    Everyone went to see The Dark Knight,
    What am I doing to think it’s not right?
    Isn’t my cape bullet proof tight?
    Maybe if I aged backwards?

    When I was 4, my back was sore and I had pubic hairs,
    I’m aging in reverse but no one seems to be aware,
    You’d think the government would replicate my DNA,
    Somebody notify the press before I fade away,
    Does anyone thinks this case is curious?

    HUGH: Why didn’t you burn the tapes?
    ANNE: I don’t know what I’m suppose to say here?
    HUGH: Eighteen minutes all erased.
    ANNE: I mean, it’s an honour … I just would like a heads up.
    HUGH: America deserves an apology.
    ANNE: Frank Langella was sitting right next to me.
    HUGH: Stop your lies now, and tell the truth!
    ANNE: Do you really want to do this, Jackman?
    HUGH: It’s Frost!
    HUGH: Confess to me.
    ANNE: Why can’t you let this be? Give me my dignity!
    BOTH: Look what you’ve done to me!
    ANNE: You’re a worthy adversary!
    HUGH: Why is your upper lip, so sweaty?
    ANNE: Is it? I didn’t..
    HUGH: Yes, but I like it.
    ANNE: Mister Frost, I think I love you.
    HUGH: Oh, Nixon. You know I love you too…

    THE READER. I haven’t seen THE READER.
    I was going to see it later, but I fell behind.
    My Batmobile took longer than I thought to design.
    THE READER. I know I have to see THE BEATER.
    I went down to the theatre, but there was a line.
    All the people were watching IRON MAN for the second time.

    I am a wrestler.
    I am alone.
    My role is outcast, my heart is bypassed and yet I’ve grown.
    From a slumdog with nothing,
    I built my button.
    I ironed all my men, and frosted my Nixon.


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    Just a humble slumdog,
    Sitting in a chair, on the millionaire.
    What will I be holding in the end?
    What's my final answer?
    Is it written there, do I really care?
    I'm only here so I can phone a friend. *Hi Sarah Jessica*
    And if I thought that I could find equivalents/equivalence, *Hi Kate*
    I would swim a sea of human excrement.
    And I begin my story with this sentiment:
    This slum dog millionaire just needs some

    I'm talkin' 'bout M-I-L-and a-K
    I'm talkin' 'bout Milk (Harvey Milk)
    I'm sayin' it's alright to be gay
    I'm Harvey Milk! (Milk Milk)
    I'm recruitin' all the people 'cross the USA
    I'm talkin' bout Harvey on the griddle,
    Milk in the middle,
    Give me just a little
    Just a little
    Give me just a little

    *Ladies and gentlemen, your Craigslist dancers!*

    How come comic book movies never get nominated?
    How can a billion dollars be unsophisticated?
    Everyone went to see The Dark Knight.
    What am I doing you think is not right?
    Is it my cape or my bullet-proof tights?
    Maybe if I age backwards!

    When I was four, my back was sore, and I had pubic hair.
    I'm aging in reverse but no one seems to be aware.
    You'd think the government would replicate my DNA.
    Somebody notify the press before I fade away!
    Does anyone think this case was curious?

    *Alright, I need some help for this one. Annie, come and give me a hand!*
    *What? No!*
    *Don't say no, just trust me, relax*
    *Relax, relax, just sit there, trust me. By the way, you look gorgeous.*

    Why didn't you burn the tapes?
    I don't know what I'm supposed to say here..
    Eighteen minutes all erased!
    I mean, it's an honour, I just would've loved a heads up.
    America deserves an apology.
    Frank Langella was sitting right next to me!
    Stop your lies right now and tell the truth!
    *Do you really wanna do this, Jackman?*
    *It's Frost*
    Confess to me..
    Why can't you let this be? Give me my dignity.
    Look what you've done to me!
    You're a worthy adversary.
    Why is your upper lip so sweaty?
    *Is it? I didn't-*
    *Yes, but I like it.*
    Mr. Frost, I think I love you.
    Oh Nixon, you know I love you too.
    *Anne Hathaway, thank you Anne.*
    *Thank you.*

    The reader.
    I haven't seen the reader.
    I was gonna see it later but I fell behind,
    My bat mobile took longer than I thought to design.
    The reader.
    I know I need to see the reader.
    I mean, I went down to the theatre but there was a line,
    Of all the people watching Iron Man a second time.

    I am a wrestler.
    I am alone.
    My role is outcast, my heart is bypassed and yet- I have grown.
    From a slum dog with nothin',
    I milked my button,
    I ironed all my men,
    And Frosted my Nixon,
    'Cause I am Hugh Jackman!
    And I've waited so long.
    And no recession can stop my confession, or silence my song.
    These are the Oscars!
    And this is my dream!
    I am a slumdog,
    I am a wrestler,
    I'll rent the reader!
    I'm wolverine!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mila Fernandez
    Mila Fernandez 14 days ago

    A very talented actor!!! 😍

  • etc
    etc 15 days ago

    Fantastic 🔝🔝🔝👏👏👏👏👏👏💓💓💓💓💓💓

  • Tracy Love
    Tracy Love 16 days ago

    My fave Oscar opening Get it Hugh❤🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  • jean leon
    jean leon 16 days ago

  • Amelia Rose
    Amelia Rose 18 days ago

    Can he do this again?

  • Amala Kevin
    Amala Kevin 20 days ago

    I love HUGH JACKMAN.....

  • Mrs. V.
    Mrs. V. 20 days ago

    Do you really want to do this..... Jackman. 😂😂😂😂😂

  • Sarah Jane
    Sarah Jane 20 days ago +1

    I really enjoyed this!! thanks for sharing!! Great guy this Hugh from Ausie land!! 😁😁😁

  • Gülcan Tezcan
    Gülcan Tezcan 21 day ago


  • Musa Món
    Musa Món 21 day ago

    Hugh Jackman: I adore you, I will love you forever❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Andy Duarte
    Andy Duarte 24 days ago

    Imagine if Hugh said “Robert Downey Jr. The Ironman to my Wolverine”

  • youleh h
    youleh h 25 days ago

    he is a such lovely angel, protecc him:(♡

  • youleh h
    youleh h 25 days ago

    "im wolverine" i cried so hard

  • Daniru Jayasuriya
    Daniru Jayasuriya 25 days ago +1

    Give this man an Oscar already. This opening number deserves one

  • Paul Murrell
    Paul Murrell 27 days ago


  • Diana Frost
    Diana Frost 27 days ago +1

    Hugh Jackman is very handsome 😍😍😍😍😍😍

  • Susan Gonzales
    Susan Gonzales 27 days ago +1

    My first time to see this and I fell in love with Hugh Jackman again - saw him in The Greatest Showman. He is really great!!

  • Raghu Seetharaman
    Raghu Seetharaman 28 days ago

    > The Dark Knight
    > Slumdog Millionaire
    > Iron Man
    > Synecdoche, New York
    > Wall-E
    > Funny Games
    > Milk
    > The Wrestler
    > Revolutionary Road
    ...and Hugh Jackman's stunning Oscars opening.
    *Seriously...2008 was the year of the Cinephile. Everything was PERFECT.*

  • Jo O Reilly
    Jo O Reilly 29 days ago

    Talented & lovely man.

  • Zuwwar Jadoon
    Zuwwar Jadoon Month ago

    The best Opening No ever. Look at the smiles on every one faces when he finished and everyone stood up.
    I bet the people who were nominated but didn’t win this year went home with a smile and peace on their faces.

  • Flo
    Flo Month ago

    Can we clone this man?

  • marie harris
    marie harris Month ago

    High is just too fantastic! Gorgeous sexy talented sweet ! Omg
    Now that is a real man!!!

  • Altaf Hussain
    Altaf Hussain Month ago

    Out standing hosting

  • Em T
    Em T Month ago


  • Emma Louise
    Emma Louise Month ago

    Hugh ❤

  • Candra Ruhiat
    Candra Ruhiat Month ago

    Awesome ...

  • Sandi Hill
    Sandi Hill Month ago

    Best Ever

    PEWPEW PEW Month ago

    Wolverine's audition for Les Miserables.

  • Vanessa Pequito
    Vanessa Pequito Month ago

    He is just my X MKen and person favourite..

  • Michellexbeauty
    Michellexbeauty Month ago

    I was young when this aired so I don’t remember it but I’m actually amazed by this performance.... he was so dedicated to it omg

  • NathanTheAsian
    NathanTheAsian Month ago +22

    Hugh: "I'm wolveriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!"
    RDJ: "And I... am Iron Man."

    • NathanTheAsian
      NathanTheAsian 18 days ago

      @Amelia Rose That is very much true.

    • Amelia Rose
      Amelia Rose 18 days ago

      NathanTheAsian hehe yes missed opportunity even though at that point Marvel was nothing compared to what it is now.

  • Pearl Spiers
    Pearl Spiers Month ago +3

    OMG Hugh Jackman (sigh)... AMAZING 💕

  • Krista Chafe
    Krista Chafe Month ago +1

    I remember this. Didn’t think that was that long ago holy

  • rydmerlin
    rydmerlin Month ago +2

    For me he should be the next James Bond.

  • Tabeer Khilji
    Tabeer Khilji Month ago

    Anyone know who he high-fives at the end?

  • shashank raw
    shashank raw Month ago +1

    One of the best Oscar opening

  • DBGaming
    DBGaming Month ago

    I only realised the motif from this is the moment is at the end of this song.

  • sajjad maleki
    sajjad maleki Month ago


  • Mia Nai
    Mia Nai Month ago

    in les miserables he actually swam in human excrements.

  • Max S
    Max S Month ago

    I can just imagine Anne taking notes, thinking 'one day when I'm going to host, I'm going to outdo him by a THOUSAND!"
    And then that happened.

  • eric trejo
    eric trejo Month ago


  • Razl07
    Razl07 Month ago +1

    Back when the Oscars was fun to watch

  • blakris
    blakris Month ago

    where can I find the lyrics plz?

  • Akbar Noorul Haq
    Akbar Noorul Haq Month ago +2

    Wow..that's a masterpiece

  • Ashleigh Tapaha
    Ashleigh Tapaha Month ago +12

    I really love the fact that he started combing his hair at 6:26 just to make it look like wolverines hair!😂😂😂