Today it was announced that instead of the usual suspects, The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (taking place on February 27th) are going to be hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, in an attempt to lure in younger viewers to all the ‘excitement’. I do actually like both of ’em, they’re great actors, he’s a total cutie and she’s charming but hosting the Oscars?! Please, no! It’s notoriously one of the most boring award shows around (aren’t they all?), I think this is going to be the final nail in the coffin (unless James decides to take it all off or Anne slips a nip!) If producers had tossed in something like the show is only going to be two hours instead of three, then maybe we’d actually have something to look forward to but I can guarantee you that it’s going to be the biggest snooze fest ever, mark my words!
If it’s good enough for “Saturday Night Live,” it’s good enough for … the Academy Awards? That’s the hope, anyway, of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which announced Monday that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be co-hosting the 83rd Academy Awards. With respective ages of 32 and 28, the two actors are among the youngest hosts for the iconic award show. While both are accomplished, adventurous and well-regarded actors, their primary job qualification for hosting a live variety show is their experience toplining “SNL.”
“We’re not going to require them to perform six to eight skits playing different characters live in front of an audience, but if you can handle ‘Saturday Night Live,’ then that’s a great indication of your readiness as an Oscar host,” says Bruce Cohen, co-producer with Don Mischer of the show, which will air Feb. 27. SOURCE
PS Where’s Jon Stewart when you really need him?!