Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Anne Hathaway and James Franco Own 2011

Prepare yourself.  At the 83rd Annual Academy Awards next February 27th, you will not find the usual stand-up comedian or talk show host emceeing the ceremony.  No, no, instead, young Hollywood multi-taskers James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be filling that bill.  For one of my friends, I'm pretty sure this means that Oscar Night is essentially destroyed.  Yes, yes, first she almost tackled Judy Garland, now she's going for the Oscars, I know. 

Show producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer were quoted in a statement claiming that these two "personify the next generation of Hollywood  icons – fresh, exciting and multi-talented.” [via NYT]  Uh huh.  I'm not saying they aren't, but, you know, this is obviously all about attracting those silly uninterested youths.  Sure, Franco and Hathaway aren't bad at comic timing, they can score on SNL, but can they keep an unpredictable, live broadcast afloat?  Note to the Academy: remember that video short with Franco and Seth Rogen?  Yep.  That was it.  There was your other host... 

Anyhow, what's especially interesting about the choice is that Franco and Hathaway are currently both considered contenders in the race for the Best Actor and Actress categories.  Franco has been receiving raves for his work in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, while Hathaway's portrayal of a young woman with Parkinsons is supposedly the saving grace of Love & Other Drugs.  So, the hosting gig could wind up being a case of the awkwards. 

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