November 29th, 2010
05:47 PM ET
Well, the upcoming Oscars should be interesting.
In a move that's pretty obviously trying to attract younger eyes to the telecast, the 83rd Academy Awards will be hosted by James Franco – he who has inspired both fainting in movie theaters and screams of adoration within recent weeks – and Anne Hathaway. Producers for the Oscars said in a statement that the two actors “personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented.”
Talented enough to also be nominated for an award at the very event they’ll be hosting? It could happen.
The buzz for a best actor nomination has been building for weeks for Franco, thanks to his role in “127 Hours.” Film critic Tom Charity caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and said that any Oscar notices were duly served.
Hathaway, whose film “Love & Other Drugs” is now in theaters, has also been whispered to be a long-shot choice for a best actress nod. If it were to happen, it would be another best actress nomination for Hathaway, who received the nod in 2008 for “Rachel Getting Married.”
This presents a change of pace for the show, which has been hosted by those with a bit more age on them than either Hathaway (28) or Franco (32). Lately, the Oscars have been led by comics and actors, including Billy Crystal; Whoopi Goldberg; Chris Rock; Jon Stewart; Ellen DeGeneres; David Letterman and Steve Martin - who hosted last year’s event with Alec Baldwin - but they just joked about the Oscar buzz, rather than being a part of it.
Yet it sounds like the show’s producers aren’t worried about it - they told the New York Times that it wouldn't be the first time it's happened. One of the producers didn't find it to be "awkward in the slightest," as there have been hosts, like David Niven, Michael Caine and Walter Matthau, who have hosted the Oscars while also being nominated.
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