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83d Oscars 9:24 p.m.

Posted by Wesley Morris  February 27, 2011 09:24 PM

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Anne Hathaway just fake-flipped a musical bird to Hugh Jackman, and James Franco just came out dressed like a Fire Island fire-sale Marilyn Monroe. It does inspire a good Charlie Sheen joke. They're followed by Russell Brand and Helen Mirren who make a good duo. I'm not wild about Brand (he's growing on me), but he has just the right brand of teasing irreverence a show like this needs. Hathaway is too earnest, and Franco a little too harsh. And the writing keeps letting them down. They're presenting foreign film, which goes to Susanne Bier of Denmark for "In a Better World."

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