It’s just been announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Wait, what? No Billy Crystal, No Steve Martin, No John Stewart and No NPH (Neil Patrick Harris never hosted, that’s just an un-fufiiled nerd dream of mine that has been crushed yet again)? Hathaway. Franco. This is a very odd choice.
Well I don’t hate the idea. Franco is damn good at comedy ( Pineapple Express, his appearance on 30 rock) and has carisma. Hathaway might be problematic, but she has perky tits so she’ll be ok.
More intriguing about this announcement is that Franco is potentially competing for Oscar gold with 127 Hours. What would a Franco-hosted Oscars, featuring a Franco win for Best Actor, look like? Would he win, can he win? Can a host be nominated for an award?
What do you all think about James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the awards show?
Hit the jump for official Press Release:
Beverly Hills, CA – James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.
“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”
Franco, who currently can be seen in “127 Hours,” will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include “Eat, Love, Pray,” “Date Night,” “Milk” and “Pineapple Express.” Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the “Spider-Man” trilogy.
Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in “Alice in Wonderland” and currently can be seen in “Love and Other Drugs.” Hathaway’s other film credits include “Bride Wars,” “Becoming Jane,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Princess Diaries.” She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in “Rachel Getting Married.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.