James Franco & Anne Hathaway Hosting 83rd Academy Awards!
by Ethan Anderton
November 29, 2010
Word of an offer came out of the woodwork last night, but now it's official. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today, via press release, that actors James Franco (127 Hours) and Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs) will be hosting the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony on February 27th, 2011. The move to younger talent surely comes as an effort to get a younger demographic to watch the awards telecast which has been falling in ratings for years. Though Hathaway and Franco have appeared prominently in previous ceremonies, this will obviously mark the first time either has hosted the big event.
Previously Hathaway showed off her vocal talents in a musical number with ceremony host Hugh Jackman (amongst other presenting appearances). Franco has only appeared at the awards once previously in the form of a hilarious pre-taped sketch featuring his character from Pineapple Express chilling out with co-star Seth Rogen (also in character) and famed cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer are very pleased to have both talents aboard saying, "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.”
Surely the telecast will use Hathaway's musical talents at some point and Franco's comedic sensibilities also help, but the two have appeared in a variety of films from the action of Spider-Man to the family comedy of The Princess Diaries, so anything is possible. The other interesting aspect lies in the fact that Franco has a good chance to be nominated for Best Actor from his performance in 127 Hours and Hathaway is somewhat in the running for a Best Actress nod for Love and Other Drugs. Unless I'm mistaken, no host has simultaneously been nominated at the very ceremony they are hosting, so that's some sort of added bonus. I guess we'll find out when the Oscars air on ABC on February 27, 2011. What do you think of all this?