Franco and Hathaway to Host the Oscars!

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 the 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 been years. This recent trend in choosing movie stars rather than comedians as hosts suggests a return to the days of such classic hosts as Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, and Frank Capra. I, for one, am all for a classier ceremony! []

Without further ado, here is the press release in its entirity:

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. []

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?

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  • I’m assuming this decision is to continue the Academy’s desire to appeal to a younger audience, but I think it’s a silly decision. It’s tacky when nominees host the ceremony. Also, this seems to cement the Oscar win for Colin Firth as I imagine a lot of Academy members might see the hosting gig as a consolation prize.

  • Andrew R.

    @Alex-Although, if Franco wins, it’ll be hilarious.

  • I don’t see why a lot of bloggers have been complaining. They are both very talented actors and could probably ACT like amazing co-hosts and impress us.

  • Angel E.

    Horrible decision…
    When the Steve Carells and the Tina Feys of the world are still our there, why give it to these guys..?


  • Angel E., I disagree. While Fey could be a good host, I feel like that is stepping into the comedic realm that I hate so much. This should be a prestige event. I agree, Matthew Durham, I like the hosts, Franco particularly.

    I see your point Alex, but as long as they keep the show itself from veering in that direction, I don’t really have a problem with it. Franco and Hathaway are pretty classy actors. But I guess if I like prestige, Firth would’ve been a better choice. That really would’ve made the Best Actor race interesting…

  • Hahaha “live up to Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin”? Like that’s a challenge!

  • Agreed, but some people liked them and it’s always possible that they will be awful.

  • Anessa

    I really don’t know what to think.

    I like James Franco and Anne Hathaway, I think they’ll do a good job, but I don’t think it was the right choice at all.

    I don’t necessarily like duo hosts so theres that, and even though I don’t like Tina Fey I believe that even she would’ve been a better choice.

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