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James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the Oscars

Nov. 29, 2010by:

UPDATE - It's official. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will indeed host this year's Oscars...

Well this would certainly be...different.

According to Deadline, an offer has been made to James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host this years' Oscars. According to the same source, it "looks like" both actors will accept.

Both are highly talented and I'm sure would do a fine job, though this is a pretty radical departure from the Oscar host line-up going all the way back to before I was born. Since the mid-seventies, the overwhelming majority of hosts have been either comedians or comic actors, and only a few times (Hugh Jackman) has this parade been broken.

Now, Franco and Hathaway are both technically comedic actors as well, as both have appeared in a number of very funny films, but they would be a far cry from the Billy Crystal/Whoopi Goldberg/Steve Martin rotation that was going on for fifteen years. Same goes for Jon Stewart, Ellen Degeneres and Chris Rock, who are funny yes, but a different class of actors than Franco or Hathaway who are actively headlining movies.

The added complication is that Franco is more than likely going to be nominated for his role in Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS, a performance people can't stop raving about. I'm trying to find this out, but maybe any uber movie buffs out there can help me. Has a host ever been nominated for, or won, an Oscar before? If so, it had to be more than forty or fifty years ago.

Would hosting hurt or help Franco's chances? And is it awkward to have a host in the running for an award, or would this pair be a good choice?

Extra Tidbit: Who has been your favorite Oscar host to date?
Source: Deadline

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11:02PM on 11/29/2010
I bet the screen actors guild started to draw straws at their last meetings and the two losers had to host. Has the Oscars fallen that far? I like Franco and Hathaway but this seems silly. I wonder if Hathaway will pull Hugh Jackman on to stage during her musical number like he did to her a few years back?
I bet the screen actors guild started to draw straws at their last meetings and the two losers had to host. Has the Oscars fallen that far? I like Franco and Hathaway but this seems silly. I wonder if Hathaway will pull Hugh Jackman on to stage during her musical number like he did to her a few years back?
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8:19PM on 11/29/2010
Wait, isn't Franco guaranteed a nomination this year for 127 Hours. What if he loses? Does he just stand there awkwardly? That would blow. I do think they'd both be decent hosts (though I'd prefer someone like Steve Martin or Billy Crystal) but maybe a year when they won't actually be nominated for an award.
Wait, isn't Franco guaranteed a nomination this year for 127 Hours. What if he loses? Does he just stand there awkwardly? That would blow. I do think they'd both be decent hosts (though I'd prefer someone like Steve Martin or Billy Crystal) but maybe a year when they won't actually be nominated for an award.
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7:15PM on 11/29/2010
While I enjoy Franco and Hathaway this is such a cheap and obvious move to appeal to younger viewers when really they should just shorten the damn show. Get rid of the needless tributes to montages, interperative dance numbers and the technical awards that aren't cinematography, editing or sound. Also, the only part that people want more of are the acceptance speeches yet they shamefully play those off to make way for incredibly unfunny sketches.
While I enjoy Franco and Hathaway this is such a cheap and obvious move to appeal to younger viewers when really they should just shorten the damn show. Get rid of the needless tributes to montages, interperative dance numbers and the technical awards that aren't cinematography, editing or sound. Also, the only part that people want more of are the acceptance speeches yet they shamefully play those off to make way for incredibly unfunny sketches.
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6:20PM on 11/29/2010
I think both will do a good job hosting, but this seems more like a desperate plee to attract a younger, wider audience. Personally, I'd give the job to someone like Robert Downey Jr., who's a bit more well known and has proven himself a bit more with comedy.
I think both will do a good job hosting, but this seems more like a desperate plee to attract a younger, wider audience. Personally, I'd give the job to someone like Robert Downey Jr., who's a bit more well known and has proven himself a bit more with comedy.
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9:49PM on 11/29/2010
Would love to see RDJ as host. Great idea dude.
Would love to see RDJ as host. Great idea dude.
4:36PM on 11/29/2010

hmm

Hathaway's boobies and the weed dealer are ok as long as they don't try to be funny.
Hathaway's boobies and the weed dealer are ok as long as they don't try to be funny.
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3:26PM on 11/29/2010
I kind of like the way they are heading towards. They are trying to appeal to a younger crowd and this will certainly catch the attention of the teens. I love Franco and think Anne Hathaway is alright so I'll watch it gladly. I still think Billy Crystal was my favorite host
I kind of like the way they are heading towards. They are trying to appeal to a younger crowd and this will certainly catch the attention of the teens. I love Franco and think Anne Hathaway is alright so I'll watch it gladly. I still think Billy Crystal was my favorite host
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3:11PM on 11/29/2010
I'm not an Anne Hathaway fan by any means (I think she's a mechanical, wooden actress), but this might be kind of fun. In Oscar's history, it was not uncommon for an actor, a director, or a team of actors and directors to share hosting duties. Sure, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal made it into a comedian's thing, but it wasn't always hosted by a comedian every year. Both Franco and Hathaway have great comedic timing, and can handle the more serious parts as well. I'm okay with it.
I'm not an Anne Hathaway fan by any means (I think she's a mechanical, wooden actress), but this might be kind of fun. In Oscar's history, it was not uncommon for an actor, a director, or a team of actors and directors to share hosting duties. Sure, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal made it into a comedian's thing, but it wasn't always hosted by a comedian every year. Both Franco and Hathaway have great comedic timing, and can handle the more serious parts as well. I'm okay with it.

Favorite Oscar host? Hugh Jackman. What a classy guy.
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2:25PM on 11/29/2010
It would be kind of awkward if he won or didn't win and be the host but I respect both of them but I think it's a pretty random choice. A good random choice would be like Betty White I think she would of been hilarious and her co host would be Cloris Leachman, that would of been funny. I think this pair is going to go the Hugh Jackman route and go all broadway with dance numbers I mean this isn't the tonys people! I hope they prove me wrong and be a laughing riot.
It would be kind of awkward if he won or didn't win and be the host but I respect both of them but I think it's a pretty random choice. A good random choice would be like Betty White I think she would of been hilarious and her co host would be Cloris Leachman, that would of been funny. I think this pair is going to go the Hugh Jackman route and go all broadway with dance numbers I mean this isn't the tonys people! I hope they prove me wrong and be a laughing riot.
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2:12PM on 11/29/2010
It was my fist time watching the Oscars when David Letterman hosted, so he'll always be my favorite. I hear though that some people didn't like him.
It was my fist time watching the Oscars when David Letterman hosted, so he'll always be my favorite. I hear though that some people didn't like him.
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1:35PM on 11/29/2010

Wow... I understand Franco...

But Anne? No personality in a live setting at all, it's definitely going to get weird.
But Anne? No personality in a live setting at all, it's definitely going to get weird.
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1:41PM on 11/29/2010
she was outstanding on SNL. Infact, i think she's better qualified for this than Franco, who seems dull and high 90% of the time.
she was outstanding on SNL. Infact, i think she's better qualified for this than Franco, who seems dull and high 90% of the time.
1:32PM on 11/29/2010

wait a minute?

James Franco is a front runner for best lead actor, what if he wins, does he present himself? has this ever happened before?

other than that i love the choice
James Franco is a front runner for best lead actor, what if he wins, does he present himself? has this ever happened before?

other than that i love the choice
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1:23PM on 11/29/2010
Billy Crytstal was great. I also thoroughly enjoyed Martin and Baldwin last year
Billy Crytstal was great. I also thoroughly enjoyed Martin and Baldwin last year
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1:15PM on 11/29/2010

this screams

"We're trying way too hard!" i dont give a crap either way
"We're trying way too hard!" i dont give a crap either way
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1:14PM on 11/29/2010
Will Hathaway get naked?
Will Hathaway get naked?
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1:04PM on 11/29/2010
Now I love both of these people. And I'm sure they'd be GREAT hosts. But I think there actually is something about hosts NOT being nominees. So, at least in Franco's case, he ought to refuse if he's got a shot at the gold. Hathaway doesn't have quite the odds, so she could pull a Hugh Jackman I guess. But this just sounds kind of crazy.
Now I love both of these people. And I'm sure they'd be GREAT hosts. But I think there actually is something about hosts NOT being nominees. So, at least in Franco's case, he ought to refuse if he's got a shot at the gold. Hathaway doesn't have quite the odds, so she could pull a Hugh Jackman I guess. But this just sounds kind of crazy.
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12:50PM on 11/29/2010
I'm not sure how to feel about this. I think they could do well, but if Franco is nominated, wouldn't that be weird?
I'm not sure how to feel about this. I think they could do well, but if Franco is nominated, wouldn't that be weird?
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12:40PM on 11/29/2010

could work...

James Franco is gold so I know he'll be awesome, and his profile is HUGE right now, he can effortlessly jump from comedy to drama and he's equally good in both.. anne hathaway is alright..don't really care, women are never funny
James Franco is gold so I know he'll be awesome, and his profile is HUGE right now, he can effortlessly jump from comedy to drama and he's equally good in both.. anne hathaway is alright..don't really care, women are never funny
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12:27PM on 11/29/2010

Makes no sense...

First of all, Franco is a very good actor but his profile isn't big at all: 127 Hours is the first major project he had to carry on his own and it didn't break any box office record. I would expect an established star to host the Oscars, not an up-and-coming talent.

Secondly, not only does he have a good chance of being nominated for best actor but Hathaway also has some buzz for her performance in Love and Other Drugs. Could you see BOTH hosts winning an award?

Sorry, but this rumor
First of all, Franco is a very good actor but his profile isn't big at all: 127 Hours is the first major project he had to carry on his own and it didn't break any box office record. I would expect an established star to host the Oscars, not an up-and-coming talent.

Secondly, not only does he have a good chance of being nominated for best actor but Hathaway also has some buzz for her performance in Love and Other Drugs. Could you see BOTH hosts winning an award?

Sorry, but this rumor doesn't make any sense.
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11:59AM on 11/29/2010

Sure, why not?

This could be alright! Co-hosting means for some good opportunities for banter...

Franco is funny and Hathaway is pretty and can sing.

Billy Crystal will go down as the best host in history, but he's not interested in taking it on anymore. They ask him every year and he turns it down. "Too much work" or something.
This could be alright! Co-hosting means for some good opportunities for banter...

Franco is funny and Hathaway is pretty and can sing.

Billy Crystal will go down as the best host in history, but he's not interested in taking it on anymore. They ask him every year and he turns it down. "Too much work" or something.
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11:57AM on 11/29/2010

Odd. But interesting.

I agree that they ought to make a play to get Billy Crystal back. The man was consistently funny and great every single time he hosted. After him, I'd ask Ellen back. Her bits where she tried to slip a script to Scorsese. and snapped a picture of herself with Spielberg, were great stuff. It's not rocket science, AMPAS. Funny wins.
I agree that they ought to make a play to get Billy Crystal back. The man was consistently funny and great every single time he hosted. After him, I'd ask Ellen back. Her bits where she tried to slip a script to Scorsese. and snapped a picture of herself with Spielberg, were great stuff. It's not rocket science, AMPAS. Funny wins.
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11:56AM on 11/29/2010
Tom Hanks would be a good host. i'll accept him as the spokesman of the Actors. or anything.
Tom Hanks would be a good host. i'll accept him as the spokesman of the Actors. or anything.
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11:41AM on 11/29/2010

This is going to be the prettiest Oscars ever!

DUR. That's not a bad thing though. I love Franco and Hathaway('s tits). As far as the comedian usally hosting thing goes, I think Franco is funnier than Crystal, Goldberg, and Martin combined. Maybe it's because they're from such a different generation than me, but I've never found their stand-up to be funny.
DUR. That's not a bad thing though. I love Franco and Hathaway('s tits). As far as the comedian usally hosting thing goes, I think Franco is funnier than Crystal, Goldberg, and Martin combined. Maybe it's because they're from such a different generation than me, but I've never found their stand-up to be funny.
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12:20PM on 11/29/2010
Can't believe you think Franco is funnier than ALL 3 combined. Franco is funny, but is no comic legend like Crystal, Goldberg, and Martin are.
Can't believe you think Franco is funnier than ALL 3 combined. Franco is funny, but is no comic legend like Crystal, Goldberg, and Martin are.
1:25PM on 11/29/2010
Steve Martin was great in movies. I LOVE Three Amigos, Roxeanne, Planes, Trains, And Automobiles, The Man With Two Brains, and Little Shop Of Horrors, but I've just never really found him to be funny in person. Especially over the last 20 years Same thing goes for Whoopi and Billy. I've just never "got" them, I guess. Franco, on the other hand, has nearly had me pissing myself just seeing him in interviews and internet video's just being HIMSELF, and it's rare when someone can make my cynical
Steve Martin was great in movies. I LOVE Three Amigos, Roxeanne, Planes, Trains, And Automobiles, The Man With Two Brains, and Little Shop Of Horrors, but I've just never really found him to be funny in person. Especially over the last 20 years Same thing goes for Whoopi and Billy. I've just never "got" them, I guess. Franco, on the other hand, has nearly had me pissing myself just seeing him in interviews and internet video's just being HIMSELF, and it's rare when someone can make my cynical ass laugh like that, so I really do hold him in high regard.
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11:35AM on 11/29/2010

Favorite Host

My favorite moments were with Billy Crystal. The man made me laugh so many times. Second best would go to Whoopi.
My favorite moments were with Billy Crystal. The man made me laugh so many times. Second best would go to Whoopi.
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11:57AM on 11/29/2010
Love your Avatar thingy. Go Monkey Island!
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11:34AM on 11/29/2010
I'd rather see Billy Crystal back, actually I'd love for him to be put in place as the permanent host.
I'd rather see Billy Crystal back, actually I'd love for him to be put in place as the permanent host.
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11:28AM on 11/29/2010
I'd rather see Hugh Jackman back or Billy Crystal and Steve Martin.
I'd rather see Hugh Jackman back or Billy Crystal and Steve Martin.
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11:26AM on 11/29/2010
I think this would be good James Franco is becoming one of my favorite actors working today and Anne Hathaway has more comedic chops than people give her credit for.. As far as his nomination goes I think it might hurt his chances of winning but at this stage in his carer a nomination would be great for him because he will undoubtably win one down the road... And I have to say my fav host is Billy Crystal he just always does such a great job
I think this would be good James Franco is becoming one of my favorite actors working today and Anne Hathaway has more comedic chops than people give her credit for.. As far as his nomination goes I think it might hurt his chances of winning but at this stage in his carer a nomination would be great for him because he will undoubtably win one down the road... And I have to say my fav host is Billy Crystal he just always does such a great job
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