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Will This Be Televised on Nickelodeon?

Anne Hathaway and James Franco Hosting the Oscars

This is one of the advantages of having a beard.  When your jaw drops, if it hits the floor at least the beard cushions the fall. 
Anne Hathaway and James Franco?  Well, the Academy Awards does need a younger audience.  According to the demographic studies, the show’s average viewer died 12 years ago.  (And let’s hope that they are all in a place where Bob Hope is the M.C.)
But Anne Hathaway and James Franco?  She is attractive, and certainly a good sport about nude scenes.  As for her acting, you might remember her in “The Devil Wears Prada” if only as the moving mannequin among the talented cast.  Reviewing her career from “The Princess Diaries” to “Love and Other Drugs”, her greatest dramatic effort was having a bad haircut in “Rachel Getting Married.” 
You might recognize James Franco as the annoying, whining brat in “The Spider-Man Franchise.”  He currently can be seen sawing off his own arm in “127 Hours.”  His character was pinned under a 800 pound rock, and it recommended that you should be, too, if only to sit through that film. 
But why didn’t the Academy come up with this youth appeal sooner?  Imagine the Bowery Boys handing out the Best Picture awards for Sergeant York and Casablanca.  Oh, yes, we were trying to win the World War, weren’t we?  There were some talented young actors during the Golden Age of Hollywood.  In fact, it is not too late to ask Mickey Rooney and Shirley Temple. 
  1. Joan Stewart Smith says:

    Well, the “Francaway” combo isn’t exactly Snooki and Steve-O. Both Franco and Hathaway do have comedic chops. I’m more curious about how weird it might be if Franco wins the Oscar for “127 Hours” while hosting the show. I’m not sure it’s an inspired choice, but I’m open to seeing what happens!

    • Eugene Finerman says:


      I thought that Franco made a memorable villain in ‘Pan’s Labyrinth” and “For Whom The Bell Tolls” but it turned out to be a different actor. Actually, Francisco might have been funnier in “Pineapple Express.” He and Seth Rogen would have made a memorable team.

      And of course, Fox News will complain that Bristol Palin wasn’t chosen to be a host.


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