Hathaway and Franco to Host the Oscars: Is This Good News or Bad News?

by | Nov 29th, 2010 | 10:13PM | Filed under: Award Shows, News

anne hathawayWaaaaaay back in October 2008, I proclaimed “Anne Hathaway is everywhere.” Now that statement rings true once more. She is literally everywhere I turn, and it is getting on my last nerve!

Earlier this year she made her presence known as the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland, as well as in Valentine’s Day as Topher Grace’s new girlfriend with a whopper of a secret.  Not too long ago she showed up nekkid with a freaky-tan Jake G in my mail pile (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly), then she hosted Saturday Night Live and started making the late-night rounds to promote Love & Other Drugs, then I was torn apart (in a good way) last week by the book One Day… and then torn apart again (in a bad way) when I remembered that Hathaway has signed on to play the female lead in the film adaptation, which is just a horrible, horrible casting mistake. So Miss Anne has been on my mind and in my face a lot lately, and therefore I shouldn’t have been surprised when I heard the news today that she and another Actor of the Moment, James Franco, will be co-hosting the Academy Awards on February 27.

Franco’s another one who seems to have cloned himself: he’s attending classes at Yale, has a recurring role on General Hospital, is still on the PR trail for 127 Hours, had an impressive turn earlier this year as poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl, and is generating tons of buzz in the trailer for 2011′s comedy Your Highness.

Of course there’s already controversy about the fact that both Anne and James might be up for gold statuettes themselves. But for now let’s just worry about the most obvious question: Will these two help attract more viewers to the notoriously long (and, let’s face it — often boring) telecast? Let us know what you think by voting in the poll below and chiming in with a comment!

Will Anne Hathaway and James Franco make good Oscar hosts?

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  • Read Locke’s review of Anne’s latest film, Love & Other Drugs, currently in theaters
  • Check out her turn as the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland. Or as the mysterious girlfriend in Valentine’s Day.
  • Did you catch James Franco’s turn as a dimwitted loser in Date Night, on DVD or Blu-ray?
  • Or what about his role as Julia Robert’s lov-ah in Eat Pray Love?
  • And here’s Locke’s interview with director Danny Boyle on Franco’s portrayal of hiker Aron Ralston in 127 Hours

6 Responses to “Hathaway and Franco to Host the Oscars: Is This Good News or Bad News?”

  1. Trevor L
    Posted on November 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Maybe not Anne so much, but I think Franco has brilliant comedic timing, and should do well. I kinda miss the whole comedian doing the oscars thing though.

  2. Erika F
    Posted on November 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I’m excited they are hilarious and I know they will be great. Not to mention they are both beautiful. Love them and I cannot wait to tune in.

  3. Scott
    Posted on November 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

    This is a bad choice. Not because they aren’t talented folks, rather, sticking with a comedian who is politically savvy is the way to go. I think Vince Vaughn would be great.

  4. Matthew S. aka Matthew the Movie Geek
    Posted on November 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Oh that trailer for Your Highness, was awesome!

  5. Cyn
    Posted on December 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Yes. Hm. I guess they’ve decided to do away with the “entertainment” part of the Oscars. I would give anything for them to just hand it over to Robin Williams and let him run. But Hollywood are too terrified.