02/14/2009 at 07:40 AM EST
Details about this year's Oscarcast – from the presenters to how the stage will be set – are all being kept under tight wraps by the show's producers, though the ceremony's host, Hugh Jackman
, can't be silent about one thing: his choice for Best Supporting Actor.
And the Oscar should go to … the late Heath Ledger
, for The Dark Knight
"I can't hide the fact that I would really love for that honor to be bestowed upon him," Jackman, speaking to he Associated Press, said of his fellow Australian, who died from an accidental overdose
of prescription drugs on Jan. 22, 2008. "It would be fitting and I think he deserves it."
As for what viewers will see on TV – the 81st Academy Awards air live Feb. 22 on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood – Jackman did let slip a few particulars.
"The look of the theater is very different," said Jackman, admitting, too, that he's chatted with former Oscar host Steve Martin. "It's more like the nightclub of your dreams. It's very intimate,"
Regarding the stage set, "It's got to be a lot closer [to the audience]. It's been a little austere in the past. You know, there's that stage, the host being up above the [orchestra seats], looking down at everybody," he said.
"But this is a lot more intimate. It's still spectacular, being in the Kodak Theatre. But it's a real difference in the way things are laid out."