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Oscar hosts: Hathaway and Franco

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  November 29, 2010 12:47 PM

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An interesting announcement indeed. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the 83rd Academy Awards telecast next year. Somebody's really, really trying to bring in younger viewers, right?!

"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons -- fresh, exciting and multi-talented," producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said in a statement. "We hope to create an Oscars broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27."

I can't say this bold decision is a bad idea. Both Franco and Hathaway can be charming and funny, and they both seem very comfortable in a live setting, based on their work hosting "Saturday Night Live." The Oscarcast definitely needs a jolt of something new.

But the tone of Oscar night might be off-kilter if one or both of the hosts are nominees. Franco is probably going to get a nod for "127 Hours," and Hathaway just might get noticed for "Love and Other Drugs." If Franco wins for best actor, will the moment have less of a pop since we'd have been watching him all night on stage? A lot of the night's suspense comes from watching nominees writhing quietly in their seats for hours on end.

Thoughts?

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