Franco and Hathaway to host the Oscars

Posted by · 8:37 am · November 29th, 2010

(UPDATE: Yes, it’s official. Check out the full AMPAS press release after the cut.)

Nikki Finke is reporting over at Deadline that the Academy has asked actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards, and that the pair has accepted the offer.  No official word yet and Finke is tossing around “looks like” in quotes, so take it with a grain for the moment.  (How does it “look like” someone has accepted something, by the way?)

If true, the duo will follow on the heels of another tandem, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, who hosted for producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman last year.  Both Franco and Hathaway have films in the race this year (as Baldwin and Martin did last year with “It’s Complicated”), but in separate titles — “127 Hours” and “Love & Other Drugs.”

Franco is virtually a lock for a nomination this year.  So that would be unique to say the least.  Fittingly, Finke hedges her bets later in the report by noting, “That might be the main reason one or both of the stars decide to beg off.”

Hathaway probably turned heads at the Academy two years ago with her song and dance routine with host Hugh Jackman, and she also was tapped last year to reveal the nominees on live television with Academy president Tom Sherak.  So it’s not surprising she’d be approached.  Franco is an outside-the-box pick but he’s also quite the showman himself so it would be interesting.

What are your thoughts?  A good choice?  A bad choice?  We’ve already run down our preferences but if you haven’t spoken up on the issue, feel free to use the space below to offer up your thoughts on who should host.

(Franco, by the way, recently participated on Variety’s actors on actors profiles, offering up praise for Mila Kunis in “Black Swan.”)

The official press release:

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.

[Photo: Just Jared]

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56 responses so far

  • 1 11-29-2010 at 2:36 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Thanks Missy, it looks like I’ll have to ready Varietys content via other outlets lol.

    I find it interesting that Julia Roberts is a fan of The Professional. Never would have thought.

  • 2 11-29-2010 at 2:37 pm

    JR said...

    @Eli, damn skippy!!! After I saw it, I thought: Hmm, probably not doing a movie with Cruise any time soon…

  • 3 11-29-2010 at 2:56 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I went to the page and it opened fine. Just hit the “Stop Page Loading” button after the text appears but before the screen changes to a subscription notice.

  • 4 11-29-2010 at 3:11 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I tried that Chad and can never time it properly. It’s a shame that I have to have the trigger finger of Rooster Cogburn to read a Variety article.

  • 5 11-29-2010 at 6:32 pm

    Everett said...

    #5- James Franco doesn’t smoke weed. He and Rogen have made that clear in numerous interviews for Pineapple Express, and you know they’re telling the truth because of how candid they are about Rogen’s use.

    Also, I don’t think this is a ploy to get the younger demographic. The youth advertising demographic probably aren’t going to watch this show because James Franco and Anne Hathaway are hosting because:
    1. They probably aren’t going to watch this show no matter what.
    2. They aren’t any more likely fans of Franco and Hathaway than they are of Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

  • 6 11-29-2010 at 7:05 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I see the decision as them wanting to do something different, rather than nailing a phantom demographic.