Oscar hosts: But what if they're nominated?
November 29th, 2010
05:47 PM ET

Oscar hosts: But what if they're nominated?

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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  1. Cruiser

    Franco and Hathaway were soooo boring and blah. Who made the decision to place these two at the Oscars to make it more relevant to a younger crowd? Neither of them can hold an audience without a script. What was it with the costume changes for those two? Her's was frantic and his a bomb! The rest of the evening, with delightful presenters and wonderful acceptance speeches, was a winner. Thanks academy.

    February 28, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |

    Hey! Give them a break...I mean the Oscars' Committee had chosen them for a reason...maybe they're in for something we would all be surprised about so let's just wait and see before we judge.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Holly Golightly

    Yeah, I agree with above. James is hot, and Anne is pretty, but yawn! Unless you paired them with Steve Martin or Billy Crystal...funny hosts are better!!!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Old Timer

    This is not a good idea.....Steve Martin or Billy Crystal would be better...

    November 30, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. sassysticks

    Well this ought to be a snooze fest. I like Ann Hathaway and James Franco is good looking; but the Oscars is already a pretty boring award show to begin with. Two actors who are not known for their wit should make the telecast a bore. Good luck to them both.

    November 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |

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