First, just a rumor emerged that they had been offered the position, but now we have an official press release declaring James Franco and Anne Hathaway as theÂ co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards. It certainly is an intriguing choice. Franco is a lock for a nomination (127 Hours), so we will have at least one nominee as a host. It is distinctly possible (but I have my doubts), that Hathaway will as well (Love and Other Drugs). This is not unheard of, David Niven won Best Actor while hosting, Michael Caine and Walter Matthau both earned nominations while hosting as well, but it has beenÂ years.Â This recent trend in choosing movie stars rather than comedians as hostsÂ suggests a return toÂ the days of such classic hosts as Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, and Frank Capra. I, for one, am all for a classier ceremony!Â [Nola.com]
Without further ado, here is the press release in its entirity:
Beverly Hills, CA â€“ James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy AwardsÂ®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.
â€œJames Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood iconsâ€” 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,â€ said Cohen and Mischer. â€œWe are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.â€
Franco, who currently can be seen in â€œ127 Hours,â€ will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include â€œEat, Love, Pray,â€ â€œDate Night,â€ â€œMilkâ€ and â€œPineapple Express.â€ Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the â€œSpider-Manâ€ trilogy.
Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in â€œAlice in Wonderlandâ€ and currently can be seen in â€œLove and Other Drugs.â€ Hathawayâ€™s other film credits include â€œBride Wars,â€ â€œBecoming Jane,â€ â€œThe Devil Wears Pradaâ€ and â€œThe Princess Diaries.â€ She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in â€œRachel Getting Married.â€
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. [InContention.com]
I for one am interested to see what kind of Ceremony this will produce. Both Hathaway and Franco are very charismatic and talented performers. But they have yet to exhibit the talents usually associated with Oscar hosts. Both of them have successfully pulled off comedy on screen, but the Oscars is a different kind of gig. I trust it will work out. I have faith in both of them, particularly coming off of their great recent performances. The only question now is: will James Franco sing?
What are your thoughts? Will this live up to Hugh Jackman or Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin?