Oscars: The bomb heard round the Internet
Anne Hathaway was briefly joined by James Franco in a gown as the two hosted the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
February 28th, 2011
09:21 AM ET

Oscars: The bomb heard round the Internet

Let's keep it real: The Twitter chatter about the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night was way more entertaining than the actual show.

There was lots of sharp criticism of Hollywood's biggest event out there in the land of social networking, with the brunt of it aimed at hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

The duo of actors were even the subject of a trending topic slugged #youngandhiposcars with the consensus being the show was anything but.

"I'm almost certain Franco & Hathaway thought this was a dress rehearsal," tweeted IndyweekArts.

"Finally a real host," tweeted Dorian Huerta when former Academy Awards host Billy Crystal appeared as a presenter, which resulted in a standing ovation from the audience.

Even a deceased former host got more love than Franco and Hathaway.

"The hosts made me miss Billy Crystal, Crystal made me wish for Bob Hope and Hope actually made me laugh and he's dead," tweeted "Daily Show" producer/writer Rory Albanese.

Hashtag "oscarsfail" also become a popular one as the evening wore on.

Viewer Anne Cauley tweeted, "The most exciting and unpredictable part of my evening was the drive home" (presumably from an Oscars viewing party), and iReporter Sukhraj Beasla said she was just plain bored.

Not even the sight of host James Franco in drag was enough to generate much enthusiasm among those watching.

"If #jamesfranco was any more stiff he would have roots," tweeted Hope Gaston.

In the age of social networking, everyone can be a critic and in this case even a real critic was not entertained. The famed movie critic Roger Ebert tweeted "The worst Oscarcast I've seen, and I go back awhile. Some great winners, a nice distribution of awards, but the show? Dead. In. The. Water. "

The tweeps very quickly figured out that the real party was happening over on Twitter as fan MeganWrites1 tweeted to CNNShowbiz "Did not watch, could care less. Everyone on Twitter kept me up to date on what I wasn't missing."

Richard Robbins, director of Social Innovation at At & T, tweeted that the show's producers might consider tuning in to Twitter and other sites in the future to gauge how the show is playing and make necessary changes if needed.

"In future, live show producers should have contingency plans to make on-the-fly changes when social media chatter shows trainwrecks,"  he tweeted.

The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman summed it up nicely in his Monday morning review when he said "Somewhere Ricky Gervais is laughing like a school girl."

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  11. Luke

    It always amazes me that with all those great entertainment minds in one room –
    they produce such a dull show year after year –
    It doesn't help that the Golden Globes and other award shows give away who the winners will be –
    so there is never any drama or surprises.

    March 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ms Values

    OMG what a bunch of whiners!

    I thought the show was quite pleasant.... and entertaining!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pablotwa

    This year's Oscar was such a bomb that Ahmadinejad is threatening to host it in Tehran next year!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kim

    In the off quote of a famous rapper Kanye West, OSCAR DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE AND BLACK SWAN WAS THE WORST MOVIE EVER! I did not watch that dam show.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kim

    In the off quote of a famous rapper Kanye West oscar DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE AND BLACK SWAN WAS THE WORST MOVIE EVER! I did not watch that dam show.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. andrew

    The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman summed it up nicely in his Monday morning review when he said "Somewhere Ricky Gervais is laughing like a school girl."

    Gervais is a schoolgirl come on.....


    February 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  17. couch critic

    Everyone's a critic. James & Anne did a good job. I'm sure there were people who slammed Billy Crystal when he hosted but no one seems to remember that. Get over it...the Oscars are over & everyone has their awards...move on to the Charlie Sheen saga now.

    February 28, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Christina

    My thoughts on the F-Bomb & my critique of the fashion on the Red Carpet.

    February 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ed

    Oscar's I stopped watching them years ago. They are long drawn out and boring as hell. They should have the nominees in a room, announce the winner, pick up the prize, and leave. Couldn't take more than 30 minutes. Who cares what those spoiled actors wear.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Daniel

    I can't see how anyone with half a brain would watch anymore. More rich people giving awards to eachother.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Carey

    Wow. So much hate for an awards ceremony... I hope none of you have kids in high school or college! Heaven forbid their ceremonies don't live up to your expectations.

    I watched the Oscars from beginning to end and loved it! James and Anne were funny, Kirk Douglas' contribution was great and the closing bit was sweet.

    February 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Daniel Troppy

    They both were as exciting as a paper bag and if I heard Hathaway scream or squel like she was at a peep rally or prom I was going to come unglued. Franco was a train wreck.... where is Bob Hope when you need him?

    February 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Brenna Berry

    "WikiLeaks releases 140,000 pages of Aaron Sorkin's original acceptance speech." BorowitzReport Best tweet of the night.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. mike

    James Franco was by far the greatest Oscar host of all time!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  25. imeanwhat

    James Franco in drag? Way to keep it classy, Oscars. Check out the most awkward moments from the youngest/worst hosts in history @imeanwhat http://bit.ly/ghM0xL

    February 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Victor



    February 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dare I say Russell Brand?

    Everytime I see Russell Brand and his ridiculous outfits and stupid hair, I get the urge to take a baseball bat and remove his hipster britishness by force, but I would rather have seen him host than these two. Actors should be actors. And let this be a lesson to Franco, no dude, you don't excel at EVEYRTHING

    February 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sign Here

    I LIKED IT, and was surprised by this. I found it much more entertaining than any of the other negative stuff on TV and thought that Ann and James did a reasonable job. Okay – sure – we don't have Bob Hope anymore, who was the king. This is a tough gig kids, and I thought this year's hosts were fun and likeable which is what they were going for. (And I liked Ricky Gervais too – we knew what we were getting into, and he delivered it in full!)

    February 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. martin-ique

    Last year the media decided who was going to win months before the oscars: Bullock, Mo-nique, Christopher Walz and Jeff Bridges. And no one was surprised. This year, the media did the same thing. They decided who was going to win months before.There was no race, there was no excitement, so I am very very glad I did not watch. Seeing James Franco utterly humiliated as Marilyn Monroe convinces me I made the right decision to not watch and dear academy, I promise you, I will never watch again. At least at the golden globes, they get drunk.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Sarah

    It's was ok for the being but i felt it was too played out and there was no realness too i t

    February 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Rick

    Stuck up snobs anyway.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. skym

    I think next year they ought to take a page from the Oscars of days gone by and do a show that resembles when Cagney et al took home trophies. No ridiculous skit at the beginning. Make it be dignified and glamorous. If they need to call it a theme then for crying out loud, state that it's a Theme Oscars and all the stars will be happy to dress up in tuxedo and glam gowns. If need be, have the producers look at how the old actors and actresses did it and go from there. The skits and ridiculousness has got to stop or no one will be watching and the award show will fade away.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Kevin

    The hosts didnt ruin the Oscars, the Oscars ruined the Oscars. Who wants to turn on a tv and watch a bunch of self-righteous, pretentious, naive and shallow hollywood morons dress up and congratulate each other for being douchbags. George C Scott hated the Oscars and called it "a meat parade"

    February 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. tamara in Montana

    ABC – please bring back Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Sean

    Anne Hathaway.....booooooooooooo. Lame

    February 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  36. BajaJohn

    Very boring. I fell asleep and then woke up as the show terminated.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Superhiro

    Oh god Dane Cook? PLEASE tell me you were kidding. He should never host anything ever. Nor should he be on television, or famous for that matter.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |

    One thing I do know for sure about the Oscars: Trent Reznor CLEANS UP NICE and was one of the hottest men on stage!!

    February 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Kevin

    Really, In my opinion, the Oscars "jumped the shark" when they gave the award to "The Hurt Locker"... and made it completely, blindingly obvious that the awards have nothing to do with how good the movie is, how well it performs at the box office, how compelling the story is or anything else having to do with merit. Rather it has to do with how much the studios are willing to spend to buy votes.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Cath

    DANE COOK would be an awesome host for next year's Oscar blow!

    February 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. flowerchild

    I enjoyed the show. It wasn't the best, but it certainly wasn't as painful as many of these posts imply. What I truly don't understand is if you hate award shows, hate stars bragging about expensive designer clothes, hate that Americans spend 3 hours watching mindless TV while other catastrophes exist in the world – well why are you watching and why are you posting? Why aren't you taking care of the world's problems? I believe a diversion from the news, violent shows and other things is not a crime. I am not embarassed to have spent my Sunday watching TV and chilling for a while. It seems some of you take some things way too seriously. Oscars. No Oscars. No big deal. And regardless of their performance as hosts, Anne and James are fine actors. What a beautiful lady Anne Hathaway is – simply gorgeous in every one of her dresses and hair styles.

    February 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Abbey

    If you want to critisize the Oscars, why watch? It is still entertainment. It's fun to see all the beautiful clothes. The hosts did their best. James Franco wasn't any different than he usually is. If you don't like it , don't tune in. This year I saw most of the nominated movies, so for me it was enjoyable.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Art

    While people are dying all over the Middle East for a cause that has long been forgotten; the few and privaliged are feeding the masses their cake! How thoughtful of them.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  44. angelina

    There nothing to watch on tv anyway unless one rents a movie on netflick. Anne She young She growing as an actress i suppose. Its Hollywood its suppose to unrealistics. None of these people really care what we think they have money. By next week many here will be putting someone else down it makes many feel better about putting people down its called human nature. James Franco, just a pretty face they are a dime a dozen in Hollywood, there are ladies out there that watch the soaps. They likely have ugly husbands and boy friends so its a fantasy for them...whatever. I guess none of these people put food on my table. In reality they there is always something one better. Suprise they did not have the Biber around for the little girls, so that the parents spend some money on His next venture....CAPITALISM is the the USA to say.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  45. CatfishHunter

    Did I get your goat Pus.

    February 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. CatfishHunter

    Was Charlie Sheen there?

    February 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Balto Paul

    It took twitter for the media to finally realize that the Oscars have sucked for decades.

    People used to watch the Oscars back in the days before cable because they had nothing else at all to do.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Texan

    I thought Anne Hathaway did a decent job given that her co-host James Franco turned out to be in la la land. It was obvious he was intoxicated on something. He is typically very well spoken, personable and animated. Last night he was blunted in his affect and unable to engage in a witty, humorous manner. It appeared more than just nerves – he didn't even seem to be anxious, but under the influence of some substance or medication. Way disappointing!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Peter- New Jersey

    Wow! What a great show. The last time we were entertained so much was last summer when we put new grass seed down in the back yard!

    February 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. San Diego

    I would rather watch a show like the "Oscar," which is far more entertaining...with the sight of classy and beautifully-dressed people THAN those stupid "reality shows!!!!" That's what i would call a real "waste" of my precious time.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Khawk71

    Why do people post comments about shows that they claim they don't want to watch, or 'care' about? In this case the Academy Awards? I'll never understand why a grown adult, presumably, with a 'life' would take any time at all to weigh in on something they profess to care nothing for. It makes zero sense. I don't read about things I don't care about, or am not interested in, and I certainly don't take the time out of my busy day to post about my ignorance or lack of caring. I do care about the Academy Awards. I love the show, I love movies, and am always interested to see how the hosts do, what everyone is wearing, and who will win. I thought last night's show was OK. I don't think it ranks among the best hosting, but certainly not the worst. I also didn't feel bored, or that the show was dry. There was a good mix of old and new, and I was pleased with most of the choices. People do love to criticize and tear others down, just seems to be in our nature. However, jumping on the band wagon to be perceived as funny or clever, is usually neither, as many of these posts show. Please, get life, as I will try to curb my urge to see if people are actually informed or interested in what they comment about. Perhaps I get what I deserve reading unfiltered comments from people who have dubious reasons for posting?

    February 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Cheryl

    I thought the show was entertaining and the two young-blood hosts did a great job. Hathaway was a class act. Franco's "grandma" pointing on handsome Mark Walhberg was cute. Kirk Douglas' added to the hilarious comments. As a "fashionista" myself, i always look forward to seeing the women with their nice outfits...love it!!! Worth my time.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jesus Rassi

    If Hollywood wanted to apeal to a younger generation last night by having "JAMES FRANCO" and "ANNE HATHAWAY" host the Oscars, they failed!! James Franco looked like a complete idiot on stage! Half the time he looked stoned! He was even insulting he called those hard workers Nerds! Anne looked like a high school girl trying to be funny in a play.. I just don't get it! The Oscars should clearly be Hosted by someone who actually has experience in Acting! When Billy Crystal showed everyone was so Happy for that brief moment..

    February 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  54. pprty

    The best part was the kids singing Over The Rainbow at the end. Franco looked too good in the red dress. He must have shaved all the hair off himself – not worth it – people just thought who is that hefty woman?

    February 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Zekey's Mom

    I was thoroghly entertained all evening - by Twitter. I kept following more people as the evening went on, and was almost sorry when it was over!

    I wish they would revamp the format - can't stand all the endless introductions of presenters and inane banter between them.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Joseph

    Ann Hathaway was stuningly beautiful and rail thin, just like a woman should be. I think anyone who posts on this Twitter fad needs to get a life.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Truth monitor

    Such big CRITICS on-line today. Guess I was the only one who actually enjoyed the show. Franco was straight-guy to Hathaway's antics -so what! You people are humorless. The Oscars were different and fun. Get over yourselves. Besides, how entertaining are YOU, really?

    February 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  58. bjk

    Drop all the acceptance speeches! And PLEASE save your "I love you" to my wife, children, parents, co-workers, nanny, etc. etc. B-O-R-I-N-G! Do it in a private moment not on TV where it appears you haven't done it lately. Fill in the the extra time with real entertainment. Amazing that the entertainment awards can't put together something entertaining.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  59. FRAN

    I have been watching the academy awards since I am a kid I love the celebrities...so glamorous and excting. Last night...not so much! Love all the Actors and Acresses and of course all that make these movies possible but.... Not a good choice in the Hosts department sooooo boring! Anne Hathaway totally over rated as an actress although she did give it a good try and Franco was a total snooze fest no personality what so ever! Where is Billy Crystal?? Not a good show this year but Congrats to al the nominee's and Winners it was a great year in movies!

    February 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Gary

    Amateur night. I thought the contrast was interesting when Billy Crystal came on. It was like the whole show took on a more professional feel. Too many of the younger stars, including the hosts, just don't seem to be the same kind of entertainers that Crystal and Hope and others were. The older guys were at one time stage performers who were at home in front of a live audience. Some of the younger ones appear as if they aren't at home in front of a live person, let alone a theater full of people. Maybe they're spending too much time on cell phones and texting... they just don't seem to have very well developed personalities. Some of them sure are pretty though.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  61. crum woowicj

    Next year hosts: Peanut and the Goose!!!! Always remember; Peanut was a duck and the Goose was a labrador retriever.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  62. omo

    Actually this comment blog is more boring than the Oscars could ever dream to be.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  63. micjac

    The actors and directors I respect most of all, are the ones, that respectfully declined their Oscars and went on to make more fantastic movies without having to play along with Hollywood politics. What do I care, if a board of bloated "wanna know it alls" decide, whether a movie is brilliant or not!

    February 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  64. The Rock

    Isn't it sad that the star of the show was 90+ year old Kirk Douglas, who could barely stand, or talk. But he knew how to play his audience......

    February 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Luis

    I thought Hathaway did a great job. She did all she could next to Franco's terrible hosting skills. I think she should be given another opportunity next year either by herself, or with somebody who actually gives a _______ as to what they are doing.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Steve-O

    Charlie Sheen & Mel Gibson should be next year's hosts.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  67. LaffinAtcha

    hmmf they should've posted my tweets from oscar night, they tend to paint a more perfect picture of the nights events.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Elvisismyname

    I attended the Oscars in the days when we had stars. Richard Burton. Rock Hudson. Elizabeth Taylor. Sophia Loren. Today I am more interested in what dresses these temporary celebrities are wearing than who I'll see walk across the stage.

    Anne Hathaway long ago took lessons from Julia Roberts in how to smile with a big mouth while simultaneously squinting her eyes and laughing uproariously. She is like fingernails on a chalkboard. Her cohost, what's-his-name? He sure didn't look sober to me.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Live in Virginia

    LOL! The Oscars may be old and kind of boring, but look how many of you commented on it. TV and the movies are alive and well and living in Hollywood.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  70. LAGuy

    I think they both did fantastic job. She is very sweet and natural. I loved it and would love to see both of them host the Oscars in the future
    Great job

    February 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Lane

    I didn't watch and didn't miss watching it...I agree; the best thin to do is wait until about midnight, check any number of websites/blogs that have been tracking it, and get everything you need to know then-highlights and lowlights.

    And frankly, Hollywood's in dire need of REAL stars again-there are only a few now-Brad Pitt, Will Smith and the like, but they're in rare air with a few others-the rest? Just slacker types and holdovers from a bygone era. Nobody's really interesting anymore...how I long for the days of Elizabeth Taylor (happy belated birthday!) and Paul Newman; those were stars; everybody else just seems to be pretending to the throne.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jonathan

    Blah blah blah stupid crap blah blah movie stars blah blah twitter blah blah

    February 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Pretty-Poison

    The show was not that bad. The Oscar's have always been dry with movies I have never heard of, and movies that showed have been nominated for an Oscar.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  74. A Chin

    Inform the winners by email and Fedex the trophy. Done. Have a party and charge tickets if you want to make money. Moving on...

    February 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Donlizard

    WOW! The harsh comments are just too much!
    Does anybody really care what a bunch of no-minds have to say on Twitter?
    What a bunch of self-absorbed crap these people are spewing, like those losers could do any better, than people in the business.
    HAHA! Twitter LOSERS!

    February 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • peter de haan

      funny to see some folks define themselves as losers like that.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  76. LMD

    Hathway was great. Franco was a dud. In fact, an argument could be made that absent Hathway's efforts to engage Franco, the night would have been worse.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  77. aldo1968

    I'd rather light my hair on fire and try putting it out with a brick than watch those two host anything....

    February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Georgia

    There are things I like about the Internet, but the propensity of meant-spirited people to spew trash at someone just because they think they are anonymous is not one of them. I guess it's easier to be unkind. when you don't have to answer for it.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  79. tmichelle72

    James and Ann did a good job. Lay off people. They are both very busy, this was their first time hosting and they had only 2 weeks to prepare. It wasn't that bad at all actually.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Sarah

    I have been watching the Oscars for 15 years and I thought this was one of the best years. I thought Anne and Franco both did a good job. If you follow James Franco his style is what he projected last night and you would find that humerous. If you don't follow him, you wouldn't get it. Anne, over acts at times, and that got on my nerves a little, but it was one of the more enjoyable shows. The show could have used more entertainment factor, but that is the producers issue, not the hosts.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  81. c

    They tried something different and it didnt work. I think everyone was hoping for some good humor in a volatile world right now. Billy Crystal has always been a class act

    February 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  82. CommonSense

    I like James Franco and Anne Hathaway as performers, but as hosts I think they weren't the right choice. James Franco especially, after just a half hour seemed to be annoyed to be there and had near 0 energy. Anne Hathaway I think was trying to carry the show by herself and ended up being a bit over-the-top, but at least she was trying hard and having fun. I really don't know what Franco's problem was, he was even sounding sarcastic at times...

    February 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  83. jonnyserio

    @derptard ... except she posted on the write up, proving she didn't bother to watch the event. What dress are you wearing, troll?

    February 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  84. halavana

    Johnny Carson had it right when he said "The Oscars is the only show where they cram 45 minutes of entertainment into a 3 hour show."

    February 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  85. MightyMoo

    I didn't know the Oscars were last night. I was too busy hunting for coal in Minecraft.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  86. ficheye

    All of the presenters in the past have been better at reading a teleprompter. You have to ad lib a little to make the lines sound like you're not just reading them. But the 'utter boredom' with the younger set is pretty pathetic. You've all got some serious ADD going and about a seven minute attention span. No, the Oscars are not going to be like 'Jack A**, only better. No, the social network didn't deserve more love, no, no, no, no, NO! You would think that Charlie Sheen is writing all of these comments. But the world isn't growing up. It's going down. Disgusting. Rome has fallen and it can't get up.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Cree

    I don't blame the hosts. I think whoever wrote the show did a terrible job. Maybe they just tried to make it as good as they could.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dobbs Beleo

    Were the Academy Awards show on? Guess I missed it. Ho hum

    February 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      I guess you did... and you missed the Oscars as well. Huh? Fail.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • No you fail

      @ficheye – I guess you missed that the Oscars and the Academy Awards were the same thing, huh? Fail

      February 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  89. LMR

    Young, hip and totally NOT entertaining. Nice try, kids, but leave this kind of thing to the grownups next time, ok?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Ocean

    Franco was HORRIBLE, stoned on some crazy Pineapple Express, looking off in the distance, not even there. Shame on whoever made the decision to have him, he's a known stoner. Hathaway did her best in carrying the rest (there was a period of at least 35 minutes when Franco didn't even come out on stage, she was carrying it herself...probably trying to sober up Franco backstage)...anyone else notice that? BRING BACK WHOOPI...even she said it was not done in good taste and it was like no one was in charge, even from camera angles. The pits.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      he's not a known stoner you goofball–that was a movie. He's an Ivy Leaguer

      February 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      Bring back Whoopi? Trade one drug addict for another? I agree that Franco was epic lame, but Whoopi is a nutjob. I say that, since the Academy Awards is an overblown and pretentious exercise in self agrandizement (from within) and mindless adulation (from without) that the appropriate MC should either be Perez Hylton or L Ron Hubbard. 😉

      February 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  91. MTer

    Reading through the posts, from an older poster who has watched the Oscars for years and years now. The Oscars are not for everyone, just like the Grammys don’t appeal to all. Bob Hope was funny, in his day. This show runs regardless of the wars, the economic picture here, famines, what have you. Political overtones are nothing NEW to the Oscars, every year same theme. To the person against using Bob Hope's previous part at the Oscars, several years ago saw ad that featured Humphrey Bogart, am sure probably have permit from the family to do this. Was glad to see Kirk Douglas. As others said, this man is 94, overcome having a stroke and probably a highlight in his life doing this. Did not care for either host, would love to see Justin Timberlake. He is fabulous on SNL.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Menace2Society

    "Let's keep it real: The Twitter chatter about the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night was way more entertaining than the actual show ........."

    Who's (SAD) opinion is that?! "Tweeting" period is sad. Anybody tweeting about a TV show needs a life! I prefered the live broadcast. I especially liked that "The Social Network" didn't win in any REAL category. It was proof there's hope for society yet. Facebook and Twitter are a joke.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Equanamous Bob

    I'm pretty sure the reviews are more a reflection of many a twit's tiny attention span and inability to focus on conversations longer than 160 characters, than the actual quality of the show. But, then again, it IS the Oscars...

    February 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Fred

    Boy do people like to pile on. It was not that bad. And did you really tune in for the witty banter? The only thing worse than the stale banter is usually the acceptance speeches. We tune in to see who won. They always make us sit thru a lame show.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  95. cicigreen

    oh my lord.... fantastic
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    February 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Marg

    Lots of people who like to criticize. Ms Hathaway is nice, funny and has class.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  97. David M

    I just cannot watch these presentation shows. It's just a lot of people who are self important and self absorbed who think the world revolves around them. They have very little touch with reality. They show up in mostly ghastly costumes, thinking they are making a great fashion statement. It's definitely a statement, but it has nothing to do with fashion.

    The presenters are aweful. They have spent their whole lives basically reading from a script and they haven't a clue how to ad lib. Billy Crystal is the best at that. They try to make it appear they are not reading it, but it is so painfully obvious.

    It's just bad TV. I think it should be called MUST NOT SEE TV.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  98. patcash420

    Did anyone else feel completely awkward watching the presentation for best supporting actress by old man river?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  99. John S

    What I always find interesting at these awards like the Oscars. Is how stupid these actors and actresses are when they don't have a script! Its like they don't know how to act. It was very boring and they really need to bring in someone who know's how to entertain a live audience.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Jenny

    Neil Patrick Harris should be next year's host.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      so we can watch a bunch of mediocre showtunes? No thanks. This ain't the Tonys

      February 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Stem

    If you idiots really want to take a stand just boycott Hollywood for a year. Wait 'till the movie comes out on cable or Redbox to watch it. Otherwise your whining is a waste of time.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Emrsnp

    In all fairness, did we really think that the hosts were going to be as good as Billy Crystal or Bob Hope, or remotely close to them? I thought Hathaway and Franco's skit in the beginning was funny.

    Perhaps the Academy can consider Charlie Sheen to host next year. That would be more entertaining, but really Sad – just like the cast of Jersey Shore or Jerseylicious.

    Oprah should really be considered by the Academy, perhaps with the D-List girl on Bravo (what's her name?).

    February 28, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Ace

    Next year, I'm looking for Harold and Kumar Escape from the Kodak Theater as the hosts of the Oscars.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Bev

    Knew Franco and Hathaway were a bad decision from the get go. At least Hathaway tried to create some excitement - I began to wonder 20 minutes in if Franco even had a pulse...

    February 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Some Dude

    No matter what it involves (whether it's the Oscars, a new movie that just came out, a new president), everything suddenly becomes "the worst ever". Notice a pattern, anyone?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Ms. Trilby Dubai

    the red carpet on E was the best part...except for seeing Sandra Bullock – she is wonderful. Anne Hathaway was trying too hard & was "too cute" (tho she did seem to be having fun!) and poor James Franco looked like he wished he were anywhere else but there...I think everyone (including Franco) was hoping Billy Crystal would just take over. Crystal or Steve Martin or someone who started out as stand-up and became an actor seem to be the best. Sandra Bullock or Tom Hanks could pull it off – how about Jerry Seinfeld, or Craig Ferguson? It was painful & sad to watch Kirk Douglas....

    February 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Sam

    There sure are a lot of people out there whining about Hathaway and Franco but personally I thought it was one of the best Academy Awards shows I've seen in a while. There sure is a lot of jealousy and/or small-mindedness out there.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Mikey

    Ready to put a bullet in my head – thank goodness for the Bob Hope clip – he's dead, but still funnier than anything i saw tonight. It was painfull.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some Dude

      Wow, you mad bro? As much as I wanna just say "Shoot yourself? Please do.", it's an awards show, relax... It's not even primarily aimed at comedy. That's like my wife saying Die Hard sucked because there wasn't enough romance in the movie.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  109. joe

    I asked a few people who watched and they really enjoyed it so I'm not sure what the deal is. A guy on the radio this morning said the big problem was that everyone who was expected to win pretty much did. No stunning upsets or undeserving winners.

    Oscars are like movies. Their are hundreds of people involved. It's not just the couple famous faces that make or break the show, even though it can appear that way.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Keef

    Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull Dull DULL! Where is Tina Fey when you need her? I kept flipping between the Oscars and Holmes Inspection over on HGTV. Mike Holmes was way more entertaining. Anne Hathaway was too giddy, too gushing, too fawning, too enthusiastic, too over-the-top - too everything. James Franco? Put a coat rack on stage with a picture of his face attached and that would be just about as captivating as the real deal last night. Bottom line: Painfully embarrassing to watch. (And I love the Oscars.) I agree - worse Oscars hosting gig ever. Worse than
    D. Letterman. So much for "young-and-hip."

    February 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  111. tronny

    This movie should have won BEST PICTURE LOL:


    February 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Jose

    I enjoyed the Oscars. It was one more step in the death march of Hollywood. If you want to be entertained, go to YouTube and watch people with heart doing something that they truly love. Put content back in the hands of the creators!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  113. PDXMark

    Celebrities are people. Writers are people. Producers are people. Is it really necessary to be so judgmental, and if it is necessary to be judgmental is it so necessary to be so rude? A lot of people did their best to bring us a good show last night. Let's respect their efforts even if we didn't like the results. A good rule of thumb: if you wouldn't make a comment directly to someone's face, don't make it at all. It's ironic to be so hurtful to an actual person from behind the shield of an anonymous e-name.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Bes

    Wow..from the moment that it began I could hear the sound of the Choo-Choo Train ..what a wreck....Now I'm no expert but the writing was HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOrible and James Franco was HIgh. A mess. Period.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  115. peter de haan

    I agree with James being a total bore. But why would anyone long for the good old 'Billy Crystal' days? Yawn, yawn. It's the worst type of comedy in my view. Lame jokes with little twists and turns with only his smirkey smile indicating when you are supposed to laugh. It's so forced. I prefer watching Anne Hathawy doing her giggle act.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Redford

    Next year's host, Bob Hope. He was always the best at this. He's dead, of course, but tht can only improve the award ceremony.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  118. smartypants100

    If anyone cared about hollywood losers, then you might have a story here...

    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  119. jorge washinsen

    I would have liked to have seen an un-interupted showing of True Grit.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Donna

    Please like my Facebook page "Billy Crystal back to host the Oscars in 2012"


    Billy is a tried and true host–he's funny, not pandering, doesn't need to read the teleprompter to tell a joke..

    thank you

    February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  121. ann

    i liked the old wrinkely dude u couldnt understand

    February 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  122. sockpuppet

    Franco is normally a very funny guy–I don't know what was his problem last night–was he trying to prove that he could be serious? Poor Hathaway was dancing like a monkey next to him trying to overcompensate. In any case, their script was as boring as poached cod–they are going to get the brunt of the criticism, but what we should really be talking about is the writers. WHo the heck write this garbage?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Someone cool

    OMG are you kidding me? The hosts SUCKED. Every year, it's a bunch of overpaid dumb people patting themselves on the back for something everyone who worked on the movie shoujld be appreciated for. Screw Hollywood.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  124. ML

    Franco did act like he would rather be somewhere else, and the continual "woos" from Hathaway were so annoying I had to mute the show everytime she was on. Billy Crystal was better in his few minutes than they were in the entire show. Bring back Steve Martin or Billy Crystal!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  125. stan

    I see now why other countries hate us. All they see is a bunch of richey rich folk getting together. Libya protesters are getting bombed by the president but we act as if nothing is going on in other parts of the world. They are people too just like us. These shows like the oscars are starting to be a joke already, better off not even putting it on tv.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  126. TheF79

    Awesome juxtapostion of this article's headline next to an actual newstory of people being bombed in Libya. Excellent satire of our willingness to over-dramatize trivial events...

    February 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Say it ain't so

    I may be one of the few who actually liked how Anne Hathaway & James Franco hosted although I gotta say he could've looked at her a bit more but other than that it was ok.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Name*Canuk

    Always has been and always will be a boring self congratutory load of BS

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Citizen Tom

    I love movies and I loved the Oscars last night. I thought this year's show was great!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Bored in Class

    I wonder how many of these "twitters" were middle aged. As a teenager, these Oscars were much more entertaining. One of the best parts were the mashed up movie clips with Hathaway and Franco in the beginning. I'm sorry, but older hosts tend to be more boring, and let's face it: the younger crowd must be satisfied, too.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      hey, teenager–the mashed up movie clips thing they did in the beginning was not something they invented–Billy Crystal was doing that 20 years ago.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  131. OscarTheGrouch

    I don't even watch the Oscars and haven't in several years. The Oscar awards have less to do with best the movies and more to do with Hollywood proclaiming it's social awareness to everyone else. We hardly see the best selling movie win, because the academy thinks they know more about entertainment than the people who go see the movies. A complete flop about a tranny who was put through unspeakable horrors as a child would beat any mainstream movie, because the academy needs to show how sensitive they are to a minority. Just my opinion. I will begin watching when they actually start having movies I've heard of presented with awards.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Red

    I dont understand how and why the Oscar committee chose Franco?!? Seriously, couldnt they get a sense of his personality in an interview and realize "THIS GUY IS NOT FUNNY WITTY OR CHARMING!" It was just too awkward to watch!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      actually they probably picked him based on his hosting of SNL–he was one of the funniest hosts I've seen–very good. That's what they were expecting, but instead he was either wasted, nervous, or pretentious.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Farris F. Fanik

    Yeah I am a huge Franco fan. He wasn't being himself. Maybe something happened off stage. Still your biggest fan James!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Pat

    I don't watch those shows period. A waste of time. They do not enhance my quality of life.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  135. James

    For all these people talking down about Franco. You try to host an award show between shooting 2 movies and going to college while taking massive bong hits of some blueberry kush. I'd bet none of you can multi task like that. Franco was awesome.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  136. crum woowick

    Blimey. 2012 will be the last goody twoshoes show before humans get the apocalypse that they have worked so hard for. let us draft Oprah to serve in the Navy!!!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Sanandra

    Geez, all the holier-than-thou comments on here. If you didn't watch, then go away & don't even comment on something you didn't see if the first place. Maybe all the other experts on here could volunteer to audituion for the hosting slots next year.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  138. BC

    When will they learn that the host of the Academy Awards has to have stand-up comedy experience to be successful? You have to be able to ad-lib on the fly, and you have to have natural timing. Do all comedians make great hosts – no way. Look at Letterman. Do all actors suck as hosts – no. Look at Hugh Jackman. BUT, you should always start with stand-up comedians and work from there. And someone should have told Anne Hathaway that laughing at your own jokes or worse laughing at your co-host when he is anything but funny just makes you look clueless.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Sarah in Texas

    If Twitter had been around during the Bob Hope and Billy Crystal hosting years, it would have been the same thing. It's much easier to sit at your computer (or phone) and criticize than to say something nice. Tweeters taking jabs probably could not host a PTA meeting.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Steve

    It wasn't that bad.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Mikee

    People sitting around tweeting with opinions have as much going for them as a janitor judging a Professor at a college. these two actors doing their job are directed, have writers, and coaches. They are actors. Not comedians. They do the best with what is offered. It's just the oscars. Not a performance nominee for best performance at too many awards shows.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  142. SunnySideUp

    This year's Oscars wasn't the worst. As with many other years it had it's ups and downs... to say it was the worst ever is just the normal internet trolling. Franco was off... whether or not he is normally like that I don't know, but he was flat, boring and seemingly disinterested. Hathaway did her best to play off that and try to keep things upbeat... sorry, but is it really that horrible to have a host that is perky, energetic and at least showing interest in the proceedings? As others have said, these two are actors and not sketch comedians so they aren't going to deviate too far from the writer's script and teleprompter. Franco was noticably and without feeling reading from the script... Hathaway at least portrayed the illusion that she wasn't reading straight from a script much better.

    In the end, the Host(s) of the presentation can help to cover up the other shortcomings of the program as a whole. This is why Billy Crystal and a few others have always been considered the best of the best... because of previous experiences they were able to do a much better job at covering up these ups and downs of the telecast.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  143. James

    The truth is, neither one of those hacks are comedians, and neither of them have ever successfully played a funny role, so why would they be able to "entertain" during a boring awards show?? C'mon producers, there are funny people out there. Putting a bunch of "cerebral" oscar noms up as hosts was a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad idea.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    James Franco looked like he knew he was being publically humiliated after 10 minutes. he shouldhave just left early so that Hathaway character could hear herself laugh at her own jokes more.

    PS – if you have 10 Best pic noms and only 5 best director nom's arent at least 4 noms for best pic invalidated by the fact their directors got the shaft?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  145. June

    Anne did a good job. She did not have much to work with. The writing was horrible. She had to overcompensate for the dead weight she had to carry. I can't imagine what happened to James Franco. He decieded he did not want to be there and let everyone know it. He sabatoged the show. Next year ask Jamie Foxx by himself or with Halle Berry. I'm so glad Colin won. He deserved it.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  146. MTL

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and ask "what is the point of the Oscars"? I mean, every year the most narcissistic professionals around hold countless awards ceremonies to celebrate who else but themselves. Every. Single. Year.

    Just host the awards every 4 years like the Olympics and perhaps there would be some real value to this. At the current rate, eventually everyone wins an Oscar. It's just a matter of time.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Eric of Reseda

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! All this pandering to "young and hip" is destroying huge swaths of entertainment! Furthermore, has it occured to anybody that maybe young people WANT to see POLISHED PROS, no matter HOW old they are? Because, GUARANTEED, there are some 50, 60, 70 & 80+ year olds that are more "young and hip" than any number of young stars!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Mark

    While I certainly agree that last night's Oscars was one of the worst I've seen, I should also add that, for me personally, watching the Oscars is never really about the show, it's about the experience. Trying to watch all the Best Picture noms in the weeks leading up to the show, sharing (and debating) predictions with friends, having a group of people over the night of the show to eat good food, drink, laugh at the dresses, laugh even more at the awkward moments ... it's an experience for me that's about much more than just the show itself. That's just my two cents. Still, that said, last night had some pretty awful moments, haha.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Luke Brown

    Absent an elegant host a la Bob Hope or a really entertaining one like Bette Midler, the Academy should scrap the role altogether. It makes the whole industry look stupid when it has all the talent in Hollywood available, and can't produce three hours of credible entertainment, hosted by someone who is comfortable in front of a live audience and seems to know what s/he is doing.

    The sad thing is that Franco and Hathaway are very good actors ... and now most of the public is going to think about them this way for a very long time.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Jacey

    Where's my awards show? So sick of actors throwing parties and giving themselves awards. Did they cure cancer?
    Did they make the world a better place? No, they ENTERTAIN us. I will watch their movies BUT not the excessive self-congratulation shows.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  151. bob

    easy to criticize, try standing in front of that many people and do anything without flubbing it. It's an awards show, get over it.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  152. John

    This was pretty bad for sure.

    Ricky Gervais was much much worse. As bad as this was, at least it didn't fall as flat as Ricky Gervais' jokes on Golden Globe night.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Steve Sulkin

    OK, Franco was stiff, the show was not exciting. But all of you critics out there that are not producers (like I am) I'd like to see you create a better show. I know you think you can, but trust me, it's hard. Could I have written a better show? Yes. But, the other factor is the political push and pull that must go on behind the scenes. I could have written the best script in the world, but the time the committee's made their decision it would not even resemble what I wrote. So, rather then simply criticize, why not suggest specific scripts, ideas, themes, production values, and hosts.

    And BTW, the technical side was mostly very nice. Beautiful stage, etc. You can't over look that.

    it's so easy to criticize.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  154. jill

    OMG if the tweets of the future start to dictate immediate changes in a live program I will want to shoot myself. How bout everyone relax...ya win some ya lose some and this one was a yawn. Big deal.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Peanut the Destroyer

    Would someone please inform Gwyneth Paltrow she is a terrible singer? That was painful to listen to; off key the entire song. Next time get pro ti sing it.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  156. FreakedOut

    Anne's face looks a lot like those blown out faces in Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun video, when the bomb goes off and everyone's eyes and mouths get all huge.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Angie38

    Geez....you guys are rough!! Do you really think Ann and James wrote their scripts?? NO they didn't. I thought they were cute. A little inexperienced, yes, but cute nontheless. Give them SOME credit. You try getting up there in front of millions of people and do what they did. I liked them.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Stever

    just let Gervais come back and make it into a insult filled roast and we'll tune in, but last night was horrific

    February 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cadie

      Thank you!! All of the stars hated Ricky Gervais because he made fun of them waaaaahhhhhhhh. The people loved him because that is what we think!!

      February 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  159. nikivee

    Nothing but a bunch of people masturbating each other. Big cirlce jerk. Borring

    February 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS FOOL

      my experience with group masturbation was a blast, I guess it depends on you you are with, but way more fun than oscar cast

      February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Peter C. Lomtevas

    I don't understand how twitter is relevant. Each of us is severely limited in the number of people we have who read our "tweets" so our words go nowhere. In this way, dissent is masked by the short radius of dissemination and nothing changes. Facebook is as severely limited.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Tony Woods

    It's amazing when the biggest laugh of the night comes from Bob Hope! Maybe they should just replay his previous appearances in the future and forget about the trendy newbies!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Tish

    I found Anne Hathaway to be a delightful and funny host. But James Franco was a dud–little more than a carboard cutout in both the live and pre-taped elements. He was very wooden–almost wondered if he was "on" something - and threw many bits that should have been funny off their timing.
    Next year, I hope the academy considers bringing Hathaway back alone, so she can really showcase her talents.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Jack

    I met Anne Hathaway two years ago at a Valet parking job in Hollywood. I brought her car around to her. When I saw her I couldn't help but smile and she smiled back and was very friendly to me. I was suprised because a lot of celebrities usually just ignore the valet guys like were invisible. She was very nice and even chatted with me a few minutes asking about my life and things. Very sweet lady and very beautiful. And she gave me a good tip!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Odinate

    James Franco was a bore, unfortunately, but Anne Hathaway was fantastic. I feel as if there's a lot of bandwagon-hopping going on here, because there's 'no' justification for the amount of venom she's getting right now. She's adorable, charismatic, and was highly entertaining.
    I'd say I expect better from Roger Ebert, but... Well, I don't. That's about the right level of pretention for him. As for those being the 'worst' Oscars ever, I think not. That honor goes to Mr. Jon Stewart, thank you.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Bobolink01

    I didn't watch the Oscar snooze-a-thon, . Instead, I watched " It Happened One Night," of 1934, and had a great time: Great and Perfect Actors (with GENUINE personality and acting ability) Great Direction, Great dialogue, Great humor, Great romance and Great timing. I went to sleep with a grin on my face.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Carrie

    " .. it's not that it was bad; it's that it was SO bad it wanted me to take my finger, poke it through my eye up into my brain and swirl it around."

    February 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Atul

    such a nicely done advertising for Twitter... this article doesn't care about Oscars, it is a paid article by twitter to make us believe that Twitter is the COOLEST thing now... media is so manipulated... wow!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Eve

    OH come on, NOBODY has anything NICE to say?? It wasn't THAT bad... I was more bored sitting through "Social Network", ouch! I can tell the majority who are posting are 'young punks' because half of you can't SPELL worth a ding-dong-doodle!! This generation gets bored after 5 minutes of anything! As for Anne Hathaway being called 'worthless'... yeah, right, that's why she's rich and FAMOUS and lots of people like her, they really, really like her!! So POOH on all of you negative and boring (yawn!!) losers!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  169. matt

    This is an award ceremony. If you are looking for a comedy hour, go to an improv. I just wanted to hear who won. I would suggest that Anne take a look at herself on camera in any dresses that she will wear in the future. A couple of the ones she wore were just mistakes.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  170. paul kummer

    I thought the hosts were the best ever. They didn't entertain us with the monkey see monkey do antics that the typical hollywood sycophant is so slavishly dependent on. James Franco was superb and so was Ann Hathaway. Best.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lake

      Sir, you must tell me where you acquired the wonderful drugs you are on.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  171. chuck

    Worst Academy show I've ever seen..

    February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Chickenhawk

    I've watched the Oscars faithfully for 40 years (sad, isn't it?), and I have to say this was one of the worst in terms of hosting. Have to give Anne Hathaway props for trying, albeit too hard, but where was the James Franco who can be both charming and witty? Sadly, he didn't show up last night. There's a reason comedians are usually selected as Oscar hosts. Comedians are funny. Comedians know how to work a live show. The ABC exec who made the decision to go "hipper" should be fired for delivering the least fresh and hip version of the show imaginable. With nine more years of ABC broadcasts, wise up Oscars or you won't reach a younger audience. You'll reach a non-existent one.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Brickell Princess

    Some people need to get a life! I guess that in order for the Oscars to be considered acceptable by mainstream America the Academy must lower itself to the level of all the low life ghetto trash that is plaguing America. Get a life!

    February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  174. LindaLou

    These young hosts just did what they were told to do by producers who are apparently way out of touch with what makes for an entertaining show. I felt bad for the hosts. They are both very nice, and are both good actors.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Ryan

    Kinda cracks me up to read about people complaining about the hosts, or the presentations, or the whatever....since they will just watch it again next year, regardless of any changes to the format.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Rich

    I had to switch it off mid-way through because the 2 hosts were dish rag dull. They were hopelessly out-classed by Billy Crystal and Bob Hope.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Texasjen

    Surely in rehearsals the producers could see how this pairing would do! Simply awful, painful to watch- made even worse when an equally awkward person joined them on the stage (Kirk Douglas) yikes. What happened to playing on a person's strengths? It looks as though the 'Oscar Training' they went through was to find the weakness- then PROMOTE it! And the incessant "whoo-hoo" ing from Anne Hathaway. Egads. Can't imagine a class-act host doing it.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  178. OscarBuff

    Why criticize Hathaway? SHe was clearly short-changed. She is extremely versatile and talented, and is on track to be a Hollywood legend. She was given nothing to work with - there was really no material so the writers should be the ones getting crticized. To add to her woes, Hathaway had to carry the load herself since Franco was nothing more than a huge embarrassement on the stage. He just did not deserve this gig, and I think whoever selected him for this gig needs to be criticized, along with the show writers.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  179. RedSea


    And why did stupid Halle Berry turn the Lena Horne "tribute" into a story all about Berry? SHE STINKS TOO

    Get Bette Midler to host next year!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Kris

    I really enjoyed the Oscars last night. James Franco and Anne Hathaway did a great job!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  181. elvisg

    Who cares? I'm sick of hearing about Hollywood celebrities and their award shows and their patting each other on the back. Whippedeedoo! Meanwhile, most people go about their lives without any recognition for jobs well done every day.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Peggy Munro

    I have been watching the Oscars before many of you were even born. I never miss it. I make sure I see as many of the nominated movies as possible. O.k. I am 60 and I loved seeing the two young people up there. Yes the older folks are more experienced and polished but having young hosts is a great idea. I am not a fan of Hathaway's but my granddaughter thinks she is awesome. The Franco guy, I don't even know him but what do you expect? He was nominated and was going through a range of emotions. My family and I, three generations thought the time went by very quickly. I am surprised at how critical and cruel some of the young ones are towards their counterparts. Keep young people as hosts and the mature ones as presenters. Helen (Meren) WOW!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  183. brneyes0

    Classic Hollywood Celebrities are fading fast. Bob Hope, for one, was the host of the Oscars with absolutely star power and could entertain and keep the audience for over two hours. We need to get back those impecable standards and get the writers to remember what captivates an audience for TV viewing. I enjoy looking at clips of Oscars past. Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, living legends just to name a few...... Maybe next year the Oscars will get the Golden Star.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Jim

    I love James Franco but he looked baked and hardly standing straight.

    Also, although I don't think they did a bad job, it really wasn't worth the hype of all the commercials and spots of James Franco and Anna Hathaway training for the Oscars. They didn't really do a whole lot. Also Anna Hathaway is the biggest diva ever, she's known to be a huge drama queen on the sets of her movies. She's a horrible actress.


    February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  185. MG

    I blame the writers more than James and Anne. Actors can only do so much with the material they are given and they were obviously not given a lot of good material to work with. Not everyone is born to host so when they are given the opportunity to do so, the writing needs to be great. I feel like too much of the blame is being put on them and not very much is being put on the writers.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Daniel

    Franco was embarassing, couldn't say two words, Anne was great

    February 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  187. me

    I haven't watched the Oscars since the late '90's and there is a reason for it – the last time I watched the show was when Whoopi Goldberg hosted in '99 and it was so painful to watch her laugh over her own jokes that I stopped watching the show all together. The actors that win the awards (or are nominated) always seem to be the ones "favored" during award season. I don't think there was any surprise that Colin Firth won the Oscar this year (since he won almost every award this season). The actors become so full of themselves and pompus when they win their award. Why is it when they accept, they go on to promote their political agenda or thank their agents or lawyers??! Since I didn't watch this year's Oscars, I can't comment on Anne Hathaway or James Franco (although I knew that they would be criticized by the public the day after the show – they are too young to host and don't have enough experience to keep the show moving). The Oscars that were hosted by Billy Crystal are at least entertaining and at least he can sing and provide comic relief without being insulting or rude about it. The awards always seem to drag on for hours – why can't they have some of the lesser know awards presented off camera? The women who grace the red carpet seem to wear the same thing over and over again – how many ways can you wear the same long gown (just different designers and different jewlrey)? And how much "variety" is there in wearing a men's tux?? I wish Hollywood would do all of us a favor and stop showing all these awards shows – they should just report who won the next day and spare all of us the agony. Maybe the money they spend on these shows can go towards a charity or better yet producing movies that are actually entertaining and acted well (like they did in the '30's)!!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  188. JRS

    Ricky Gervais, where are you when we need you the most???

    February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  189. eugene

    Ann tried but James acted like he was bored!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Golfer

    If only Russel Brand were the host. Then the Oscars would have been worth watching.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  191. kevin

    Headline for this on CNN.com is "bomb heard round the Internet" directly above it is the headline "Libya bombs military base in area controlled by protesters". Wake up CNN. That's tasteless. I clicked on this thinking it was about spreading news of Libyan unrest. It appears that it's actually about Americans with little to occupy their time. Kind of crap don't you think!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  192. iamthewheel

    A couple of kids sent to do a man's job! Hi Ho!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  193. deb

    I continue to watch this drivel year after year (don't ask me why!) but it really is kind of ridiculous how the stars (winners) act as if they just won the Nobel Peace prize! It' nice to be recognized by your peers but come on, you didn't do anything heroic! It seems as though every year they add more award shows to the "line up". Ridiculous.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  194. ILoveMeSomeMe

    The Knicks and Heat game was a whole more interesting.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  195. SethT

    The thing that sucks the most about the new direction not working is that they'll probably go back to the broadway flavored song and dance routine next year, then will go "Derrr, why isn't anyone watching? Musicals were all the rage 60 years ago....I don't understand..."

    February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Nestor

    I liked the show AND the hosts. If I waned to watch stand-up comedy then I would have turned te channel to comedy Central. John and Anne had a couple of cute bits but mostly stayed out of the way. That's why the Oscars didn't take 5 hours!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy Munro

      My family and I share your sentiment. They allowed the show to happen .

      February 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Dan

    Bob Hope was never funny.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  198. J0nx

    Everyone's a critic. Let's see any of you get up in front of millions of people and host something like that. Even though I can't STAND that liberal wingnut Hatthaway and her half crazy co-host Franco, I do have to respect them for taking on such a responsibility and seeing it through. In the end it's nothing more than Hollywood circle jerking itself for doing their jobs and getting paid handsomely for it so keep a little perspective here please.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Matt

    Why would anyone want to watch a bunch of sissy liberals pat themselves on the back and try to push their views on you? No thanks.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Meri

    James was stiff, but I thought Anne did a nice job, all things considered. No matter what you do, somebody's always going to trash it – everyone gets to vote with their remote, right?

    For those industry people who were twittering snark all last night, you also have the right to stay home. IBooze and bruised egos bring out the green eyed monsters, don't they?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Randy

    The Oscar Show has run its time. Those of us who make less than $ 1.8 Million for a weeks worth of work no longer care.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  202. RUKiddingMe

    I'm not saying the Oscars couldn't have been better.... but are you - CNN - actually leading your home page news coverage based upon what a completely biased, small, unscientific sample of people on Twitter said? Are you kidding me? 95% of Twitter entries are always posted by haters of one form or another; 3% are posted by misguided people who think they're really creative or have to shout out because no one else will give them the time of day; maybe 2% are rational and interesting and don't try and sound "street" for the benefit of trying to look "young and cool." How the mighty (CNN) have fallen. Sad.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Fergie5

    Anne Hathaway and James Franco were HORRIBLE! They should be thoroughly embarrassed by their performance. Anne kept giggling and was not funny at all. James was stiff and completely out of place. How did these 2 get this job???? HORRENDOUS!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Marti

    I am a little puzzled over the "in Memorium" choices....every cinemaphotographer, director, composer, but very few actual actors and actresses...Corey Haim, Zelda Rubenstein, Kathryn Grayson, Peter Graves, June Havoc, John Forsythe, Lisa Blount, were they not in some weird clique? And yet, Robert Culp and Anne Francis made it?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Denice

    Ann Hathaway kept screaming, what's up with that? I hate it when people scream for absolutely no reason. It's so juvenile

    February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Perhaps she was screaming because that other horse face, Julia Roberts, does it (oh that stupid laugh even reminds me of a horse!) and it's garnered her an Oscar and she is still one of the highest-paid actresses. Maybe Anne is modeling herself after Julia?

      February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  206. lolarites

    Ah, Mr. Franco, it's not as easy as it looks, is it? And you had the lack of class and taste to malign Randy Gervais, tisk, tisk. It just shows there is no good young talent in Hollywood. Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, they did it best, classy AND funny.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  207. CASinLA

    Anne Hathaway did a beautiful job – she's a natural. James Franco left a lot to be desired...he's an actor, not a host. Maybe next year Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman? Now THAT would be a team! I saw about half of the 10 movies nominated for Best Picture and "The King's Speech" well deserved to win. I must say, it's too bad "The Fighter" came out the same year as "The King's Speech" because it, too, deserves the top award. All in all, the 83rd Oscars show was a success.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Carrie

    When I think back to other Oscars that failed miserably I think of Rob Lowe, Letterman and Whoopi.

    When I think back to good Oscar shows, they were always hosted by Billy Crystal. Billy poked fun at people or teased them but he made fun of everyone; it was always light-hearted "roasting", never obnoxious, crude or bordering on abusive/mean-spirited.

    BRING BACK BILLY CRYSTAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Randy

    I heard very little appreciation (from the Award Winners) given to those of us who actually spent the time and money to watch these flicks. Mostly not.

    I'm a Parmedic, Nurse and several other things. I can pop a BOIL on your ass, but that does mean that I am Special and in need of an Award. I was just doing my job., and you will likely NOT DIE.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Name*geri d

    At least anne hathaway was Bubbly, while franco was as flat as an opened day old bottle of champagne

    February 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  211. calcommuter

    Everytime I see Ms Hathaway, it reminds me of a joke. A Horse walks into a bar. The bartender says "Why the long face?". In three minutes, Billy Crystal showed the young and hip demographic hosts how it's done. Mr Douglas, like Dick Clark, should count their money and retire from public life. It was nice to see him, but that segement was way too long and painful to watch. Then there was THE red dress. Critics are saying it was too much like she was on Baywatch. And?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Kim

    I was shocked that they used Bob Hope like that, it's just ghoulish, horrible and.. the man is dead, he couldn't consent to this, they literally put words in his mouth.. it creeped me out, made me angry *for* him and his family.. and I switched the show off. Twitter also kept me up to date; the real comedians were online.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Darador

    This story brought to you by Twitter.com

    February 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  214. NSP

    Oh leave them alone. They did a better job than any of their critics would do.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  215. F-Twitt

    I think Twitter is the dumbest, most useless tool in the new wave of social network media. All people use it for is to trash talk others while hiding behind their computer or phone. It's like whispering an insult about someone as they walk into a room. Seriously, to just fling criticisms off this ridiculous sounding board about who wore and ugly dress or who botched hosting some event on TV is beyond childish. I find it funny that grown adults twitter and think that people actually care about the mindless, useless comments people would never say to someones face. Twitter-The Idiot Tool.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Kristi

    Writing an article thats main sources are twitter feeds is just plain lazy jounalism. I stopped reading when I noticed this article is just a commercial for twitter, which is itself 99% useless.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Carrie

    When I first saw the previews for the Oscars with Hathaway and Franco I could tell the Oscars were going to stink; the ads were stupid and looked like a skit a high school class acting class wrote in two minutes. For this reason I decided not to watch (for the first time since I was about 30 years). I am glad I did not waste my time!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Franky

    The oscars were on?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  219. SkyKing

    Movies don't interest me much. I lack the patience to sit through one.
    But I did surf back and forth to catch bits of the Oscars, mainly interested to see what 'The King's Speech' won.
    I was impressed with Hathaway.
    She did an excellent job, had a wonderful personality, and I would tune in again, unlike the past. Billy Chrystal is good, but that's not why one would watch the Oscars.
    Keep the young ones. They did a great job!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  220. John123

    "Make on-the-fly changes when social media chatter shows trainwrecks" on a live show? Get real! Your recommendation is a real formula for disaster!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |

    I have been watching the Academy Awards religiously for the past 12 or 13 years and love the tradition of it and watching how all the politics play out. Last night was horrid simply because no one seemed to have a problem letting Melissa Leo stammer and go silent and curse during her speech at the BEGINNING of the show, but then they always try to "orchestra chase" the more intelligent sounding winners off the stage, you know the brainy people that maybe no one had heard of who work behind the camera but who show more sophistication in expressing their thank-yous. What a joke! Those are the people who get no love from the Academy.

    I thought the awards that were given out were right on the mark, especially Best Score for Social Network and Natalie Portman for Best Actress. and the P.S. 22 chorus at the end was awesome!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  222. MikeBell

    I didn't even watch it because of the political overtones and distractions of the host.
    Juvenile antics are not what I'm interested in when recognizing the professional achievements of those who work hard to perfect their profession.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Gator

    If you start believing everything you hear on the twittersphere you might need some new meds. People love to complain about the oscars + people love to complain. All those so called "haves" and us all so called "have-nots" is what breads all the complaining (and contempt) for the Oscars. Twitter just puts it out there for everyone to read, not just our TV sofa buddies. Changing the show mid-stream based on tweets is complete nonsense.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  224. gwin

    Anne and James were cute. They did their job and managed to make my family laugh a few times. Anne's dress choices were fantastic. No presenter in the past has ever been completely perfect on all fronts and overall I have no complaints.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  225. hmmm

    the f-bomb was a disgrace. what next, shorts and tennis shoes for dress?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  226. eric

    I think Franco and Hathaway are great actors, but was anyone really surprised this thing bombed? If you paid any attention to the promos leading up the event, you could tell it was going to be watered-down and cheesy. Why not let someone like Letterman or Conan give it a shot next year? If you want funny, you have to hire funny.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Donna

    Facebook got Betty White to host SNL-perhaps my page
    "Billy Crystal back to host the Oscars in 2012" can do some good!! Please like my page 🙂
    Thanks 🙂

    February 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  228. anonymous

    This show was epically bad. Hathaway suuuuuucked. The other one isn't even worth mentioning. I've never seen 2 more UNfunny people try so hard to be funny. Right from the beginning, with that stupid Inception bit, I think I've seen that done before on snl – where it was probably funny – but this skit was not funny AT ALL. It was embarrassing to just watch them throughout the entire show and it just kept getting worse and worse...and worse.

    Plus I'm not quite sure why there are so many people in these comments posting on this article who claim to have either not watched the show at all or to not even own a tv, and to "not care" about stupid award shows. Why are you reading this article then??? Guess what? You care. Deeply.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Lake

    No one could be happier about the Oscar show than Rob Lowe!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  230. ww

    The Oscars were typical and average. I can't even remember who hosted last year let alone the year Rob Lowe hosted. For those critizing Kirk Douglas, well, he is old and he's supposed to look that way. You will be wrinkled and gray, too, if you make it to his age. He's also had a stoke. Maybe the Winchester brothers could host next year. LOL

    February 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  231. K

    It was painful to watch the hosts. Let's bring back Billy, Whoopie, etc.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  232. buffalo2002

    I thought that this years Oscars were quite entertaining.

    Signed, the guy that watches paint dry, and grass grow

    February 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  233. nviewer

    this show was awful. the hosts were awful. Franco was a dead fish and Hathaway a flaky cheerleader.
    this is what entertainment has come to. Standing around reading your cell phones and whooping it up.
    please. Spare me. I turned it off. I can see who won on the internet if so inclined but since I will probably not see half of these movies, it does not matter.

    hollywood is its own self appreciating incestuous society that is talentless at this point. They have stooped as low as to offer a remake of the bodyguard. how pathetic. I will go back to my book now. my imagination is better than anything tinsel town can offer anymore.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  234. CoolguyMcSly

    Twitter is not news.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Alex

    Question: has there ever been a televised Oscar awards broadcast that people actually liked? Complaining about the show the day after has been a tradition since I saw my first Oscars back around 1975...

    February 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Ron

    What was it that thumpers father told him? It would seem to me that the rest of the idiots on this page should remember!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nviewer

      Ron: you have no manners. This is free speech at its finest.
      even you get to rant here and be rude to us so don't bite back about the same thing you are doing.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      Ironic that you would quote that and then write what you did - LOL.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  237. wendy

    The Oscars was such a bore.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  238. redd52

    kurt douglas was theeeee most painful portion of the night. I can't stand anne hathaway, but kurt sure hung around waaay too long. Pretty painful night, especially since true grit got no love.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Lasereye

    Yawn – it seems like I did not miss much last night as I faded in & out of sleep with all the commercials and vain hosting was going on. I guess the best thing I can say about the Academy Awards show: “I got some decent sleep last night”.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  240. cha ching

    This nonsense makes the front page, while the story of the last american WW1 veteran dying is pushed off as a sidebar story? What has this nation become? Such a sad concept that we care more about celebreties than honoring the memory of our troops.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  241. JB

    The red carpet part of the program was the worst in 50 years. Why is it that we have to look at the talking heads when we want to see the people on the red carpet? If I ran ABC the talking head would only be seen when doing an interview.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Dsn63

    I'm starting a write in ballot for next years hosts.Vote for Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan,now those two drunks would liven things up! I'll also have a contest where you can pick which one will melt down first.Prize to be determinded.More details to come.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |

    I don't get it. What did you expect? If you want a stand up comic, hire a stand up comic. Neither Franco and Hathaway are comics. They're actors and I thought they did as good a job as any actors would. Overall, the show was no worse than any I've seen even a portion of in the last twenty years. ALL awards shows are lame and boring! What did you expect? They should just give out the awards. Period! Stop trying to entertain during what should be a somewhat matter of fact process.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  244. john b

    At least Franco is a good actor. Hathaway is pure "Hollywood hype".

    February 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Jim

    No one watched Oscars last night because awkward laughs and embarrassing jokes. I haven't heard of anyone used F-Bomb word on Oscar which unprofessional accepting speech. I don't know. I've been watching Oscar since my childhood. Nowadays, generation joneses failed to shape up better image for younger generation.

    Americans started to see O.C.D actors/actress. Rich will be Richer; Poor get Poorer....The Worst Oscar decades.
    I'll always remember 2008 stockmarket crash and worst oscar ever.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  246. joe smith

    The blame for such a lackluster, unfunny & boring show–the worse in memory–has to lie with THE PRODUCERS OF THE OSCARS (Don Mischer, Bruce Cohen & Mchael Seligman). They are the ones to blame for hiring the "talent", the writing, pace & direction of the show. They have been doing this for WAY too long. AMPAS & ABC needs to hire a fresh new producing team or they WILL lose viewers and revenue.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrie

      NO kidding.

      Had I not seen the previews I would have guessed they hired Anne and Franco as last-minute hosts because the scheduled host came down with stomach flu.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  247. MattyMech

    I feel like whoever hosted it will always get criticized for something, because that's what everyone likes to do on the internet (safely hiding behind their computer). Who cares how they did? This award show was like any of the other many they have shown this year. I'm tired of seeing that same actors and musicians spend tons of pointless money on new dresses and suits so they can accept an award they already knew they won so it can sit and gather dust on a shelf in their home/office. Every week there is an award show for something now. We talk about all these States and companies running out of money, then they show all these expensive glamorous things on these shows.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  248. kdf

    I dont understand what the big deal is?? I thought the only reason to watch the Oscars or any awards at that is to find out the chosen winner or categories? I have never watch anything for the "host"...

    February 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  249. ryan cameron

    The Golden Globes are the Oscars with the balls to hire ricky gervais!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Broc Nor

    I heard Justin Timberlake just signed on to be next years host!

    February 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  251. ryan cameron


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  252. Jen

    I think Franco brought Hathaway down. She had energy and enthusiasm but like a lot of people have already stated he appeared bored and too disinterested to even be there!! She could have done it on her own.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  253. okerry

    Not sure I understand all the hate. Sure, Franco was a big drip, but Hathaway was charming and enthusiastic and seemed very comfortable up there. And she looked like an Oscar Goddess in that white dress she wore during the opening number. She did just fine. Pair her up with a better co-host (one who seems to actually be alive) and she'll do even better.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  254. james

    The producer of the show should be fired. Bring back a professional who knows how to entertain (eg Billy Crystal). It was a disaster.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  255. loretta divineyls

    Whats with Billy Crystal's face. Bad plastic surgery or he put a water balloon inside his face?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Niya

    James was stiff Ann was ok everyone forgetting that the nominations this year were BORING..no one cared.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Robert

    the show just bad .

    February 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  258. JS

    It's amazing to me that people flock to garbage movies – such as anything the talentless Adam Sandler puts out there- yet they complain about the quality of entertainment that an awards show honoring the best movies provides. Anne Hathaway is talented and did fine. James Franco doesn't have the personality of a host- and was badly miscast. Big deal. Still, I think Hathaway led them to an even better showing than last year's Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin's bore fest. The show, itself, was much better than last year only due to the surprise moments (The F-bomb, the guy who won for INSIDE JOB criticizing our corrupt government/corporate America, etc, Billy Crystal, Kirk Douglas, etc..) And this year, the Best Picture was actually deserving- unlike last year The talent, today, in Hollywood is marginal – at best. The problem with the OSCARS is that mostly the same voters choose the winners as the other awards shows- so you already know who will win. It's like watching the entire NFL Playoffs when you already know who will advance. Why watch the Super Bowl when you know who will win going in-(King's Speech) and you know who the MVP will be (Natalie Portman/Colin Firth). I only missed 4 in my Oscar pool- and I saw NONE of the movies). Still, The King's Speech was likely a much more deserving winner (most likely, because I didn't see it) than last year's awful choice of the movie that wasn't the most successful of all time. I can't even remember the name of it- but what a joke. The fact that AVATAR didn't win was the biggest travesty in Oscar history. I promised not to watch the Oscars ever again after that- but I did. And, based on the responses- although, mostly negative- so did a lot of other people. And that's all the advertising starved/ money hungry network (ABC) cares about.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |

    How about having Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch host?

    February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Canuck1979

    You know, to be honest, the only host I've enjoyed since Billy Crystal was Hugh Jackman. The rest have been absolute bombs. Seeing Billy Crystal last night was awesome. He just oozes oscar host. He made more funny jokes in his 2 minutes then the entire show had. He is Mr. Oscar, and should be given big bucks to entertain us year after year.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Facebook page "Billy Crystal back to host the Oscars in 2012"
      thank you

      February 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  261. ken

    I was embarrassed for Anne. What crappy writing she had to force her way through. Franco was just lame, but that's Franco. I miss Steve Martin.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  262. dilly dally

    I stopped watching award shows as they were generally caustic and a forum for political discourse and bad humor. This one, I decided to tune in for the last hour or so and found it to be much more sophisicated than past shows. The introductions of the candidates for best actor and actress was refreshingly nice. The awards are given for performances, not as a feature for comedians or people that have a political ax to grind. It's too bad that some of the people in Hollywood have to be stoned to have a good time.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Spanish Inquisition

    Haha. This is what you get when you don't have Ricky Gervais on your show. It's totally boring and far from reality.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  264. BillyBreathes

    the Oscars need a fix.. i have a great idea in how to make it more watchable but that idea cost money ABC..

    February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Anne

    The picture shows part of the problem. She was trying to do the work of two because he was tweeting. When I'm with someone, I don't want him tweeting someone else. The end result was that nothing worked.
    Get Sandra Bullock to host next year. She's funny, but not in a mean way, and she's got great timing.
    BTW, why were Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem fine with showing up fat and in bad white tuxes? Two women stars who showed up out of shape and out of style would have been skewered. I'm tired of all the men getting fat and wrinkled and still getting leading roles, while women who have babies are expected to be in bikinis in a month.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      I think they were supposed to be "throwback" since Bob Hope introduced them. They both looked awful though, you're right

      FB page "Billy Crystal back to host the Oscars in 2012"
      thank you 🙂

      February 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  266. GlaDos

    I loved the show. Maybe that's because I'm not a middle aged croak and enjoyed the younger feel to the show.

    Anne is flawless.
    Kirk made me lmao though.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  267. jjboston

    I loved both hosts, have expected the show since they announced their names, but disppointed when watching them. Don't know what's wrong.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  268. mary

    Sorry but the show needs a real comedian or comedienne. Whoopie, Billy, they were the best.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  269. jk

    One reason I watch? It's fun to see the people I 'know' thru movies, and it kinda feels like I'm invited to the big party. I know – get a life.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  270. norcalmojo

    Someday I'll spend the time to learn the difference between a good Oscars and a bad one.

    February 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Charles 1099

    Ms. Hathaway with all her glamour and beauty did not need to WOOP!! WOOP!! every single presenter she introduced,
    neither Billy Crystal, Bob Hope, Steve Martin or Alec Baldwin needed to do that........

    February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  272. db

    The Oscars have been a must-avoid for years. Not only is the show itself deadly dull, but the nominated films just aren't what they used to be. Sure, "True Grit" is the real deal, but "Black Swan"? Gimme a break!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  273. Mac

    For the record, if you don't tell the people it's a crap show, they will put in on the next time. Please take some time and tell them what you really think. Don't hold back as some suggest else we get them and other like them next year.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  274. Donna Martin

    Please Like my Facebook page "Billy Crystal to host the Oscars in 2012"

    thank you!

    I love watching the Oscars and last night was painful.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  275. Glossyibis

    I gather the producers wanted to youngen the show for a fresher demographic. Well, young doesn't mean stupid; nor does it mean puerile. Do these show biz types lives in a state of total disconnect?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  276. A Viewer

    What's with all the pandering to Anne and James on this site? Let's just look at the entertainment and comedic timing of the hosts alone - bad. I was cringing from the minute they first opened their mouths. Anne got better as the night progressed. James seemed to phone it in. I was not entertained, and anything that was supposed to be funny seemed to fall flat. Anne may be a great actress, but she is not funny. I appreciated the serious parts though, so I am not writing them off completely. It's like Anne was trying too hard, and James was dis-interested. Overall, I give a B-minus for Anne, and D+ for James.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  277. Darren

    Did not watch the Oscars and honestly thought the picture was of two people dressed up like Nancy Kerrigan and Tanya Harding!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  278. Another guy

    Guys stop using me to post stuff

    February 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  279. Maire

    WOW. I loved the show. I thought Anne Hathaway and James Franco did a great job. (Although Billy Crystal is my all time favorite – one man show)... Perhaps it's just me...I'm a Positive Person...
    I thought a lot of the winners were also funny- Except Leo- Not so much because of the use of the "F" word but because she rambled on with her acceptance speech, losing a great opportunity, to be remembered for her great performance in the movie, rather than the slip up.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  280. Superwife

    They should have had Ricky Gervais. People gave him crap for the golden globes but I thought he was great. He would have done great hosting the oscars as well. Last night was soooo boring. I started to fold socks and laundry i was so board.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  281. Myway

    Jack Black should host the Oscars!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  282. Clay Dowling

    Anne Hathaway was good. Cute, entertaining within the limits allowed by the show and the writing. She's not a professional comedian, so it's not shocking she wasn't funny like Jon Stewart or Bob Hope. "Young and Hip" is something the Oscars can't be and shouldn't try to be. It's three hours of acceptance speeches. You'd have better luck making life insurance young and hip.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  283. Tom

    Just like this blog the Oscars were trying to do something different. It was obvious they were trying to attract a younger, cooler generation. Did you not hear Anne scream like a little school girl after she would bring the next celebrity to the stage? (a producer would of course tell her to stop if they didn't want her to do that) And the public execution of K. Douglas? That dude was so old you couldn't understand him! "ma mhu blah ba mu mamahu". If you think everything isn't a conscience decision for a show like this you're crazy. Look who's the fool now.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Kirk Douglas is 94 years old and he had a stroke several years ago, you naive and insensitive 1$$90h5!

      February 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      I'm glad Kirt is 94 and still kicking, but that does not mean I have to like watching him on stage, especially when he comes off as a creepy pervert. I dont blame Kirt, I blame the morons who scheduled him to be on the show, they should of known better.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  284. BYB

    Anne Hathaway is an over-eager, annoyingly-over-bubbly, ditzy, irritant. Hopefully everyone saw that last night. Crooning and who-HOOing everytime someone came on stage was simply JV. Terrible actress, even worse hostess. Glad the world finally saw that. Hopefully her days are numbered....................

    February 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  285. JangoNango

    LOL, gotta love all those overpaid, under worked actors getting up on stage to tell the rest of the world how great they are lol


    February 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  286. Binx

    The biggest tragedy was Celine Dion. It was an insult to those in the industry who died last year to have their memories sullied by the distraction of the mindless braying from such a non-talented, and decidedly un-hip, lout. At a time in the show when the Academy should be shedding a tear, most were likely upchucking in trash cans. The producers should be utterly ashamed.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  287. James Hathaway

    The best Oscars so far!!! Bring 'em back next year. CHEERS TO 'EM!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  288. PrincessBride

    I watched it,(*yawn* I also keep up on the latest things that are happening in the world, too. Yes, Anne obviously knows she is a beautiful 28 year old, aren't most 28 year olds beautiful? However it was boring. That is the travesty, it was like a one woman show, and that show was overly peppy, like a cheerleader with an annoyingly big ego. In the Holywood world, I guess, it all comes down to visuals, instead of content. It was like someone's kids were having a talent show and we were being forced to watch it, in order to see the Oscar winners. . Another thing, Halle Berry
    is a self aggrandizing fool. get over yourself, Halle. We get it, you liked Lena Horne. You both look like white women, so spare me the "We're both long suffering woman of color." Please! You are both beautiful, talented, elitist rich women, Lena passed away, so stop with the "pity poor us" crap. It was so annoying to watch Halle plead for sympathy again for her own satisfaction. Did anyone else feel the poor little rich lady routine is getting stale? It will be far more entertaining and meaningful if people over 30 have some imput on the 83 year old Oscar awards show. Please find other hosts for the next Oscar awards. Why just two people? Put 10 hosts on. We can handle it, we promise. The only entertainment was when the winners got a chance to speak, otherwise, it was terrible.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  289. Towanda

    I actually WAS looking fwd to the Oscars. But the "HOST and HOSTESS' were a flop. In my opinion (I know, nobody really cares) but – whoever the HOST or HOSTESS is should be the "butler" of the event – and just guide us thru it – not particularly "entertain" us. Any entertainment/laughs shoud be left to the presenters and the winners. (Oh – by the way – I feel asleep after about 3/4 hr and woke up at midnight so missed most of it.)

    February 28, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  290. Sherri

    Was anyone else disappointed in Gwenyth Paltrow's performance? I like her acting but she is NOT a good singer. I really wanted to hear Jennifer Hudson!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  291. Booboo1818

    I do blame most of this on the writers and not the hosts, but the producers should have hired people known for their comedy, which Anne and James are generally not. This is where they went wrong. And they should have hired Conan O'Brien's entire writing staff to come up with better jokes.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  292. HR

    Worst part of the Oscars is that network TV only shows repeats of other shows in an effort to make you watch – doesn't work, I watched an old movie on cable – Oscar show is the worst annual mess on TV – can't understand why sponsors pay for this abortion on society!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  293. Dennis

    well at least they made an attempted. They Tried..but yeah it was pretty slow.. i must say. C. the view cast said it best this morning..

    February 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  294. Chairman of the Bored

    If I had been watching this Oscar's telecast with my arm trapped between an 800 lb. boulder and a rock wall (unable to turn the sound off or change the channel) I can most emphatically assure you that I would have cut off my limb within the first 10 minutes of the start of the "festivities" – (please bring back Billy Cyrstal ASAP)...

    February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  295. Virginia Mom

    Franco looked stoned. Hathaway looked petrified. What idiot thought these two could pull off an Oscar show??? Best part was Sandra Bullock. Hey, can we get her to host next year? At least she is funny and spontaneous.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  296. LordTroller

    Fake and gayyyy and L0rdTroller is fake and gayyy

    February 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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  298. Reality

    The show is long because of the number of commercials and the long speeches. We taped the show and watched Masterpiece Theater instead. We then watched the Oscars and fast forwarded through commercials and speeches. We do this for all awards' shows. Anne Hathaway was simply delightful in her many lovely gowns, singing and banter. Our advice, have her do it next year solo.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  299. John B.

    I think had they paired Anne Hathaway with someone funny on their own right such as Seth Rogen or Jonah Hill they could’ve pulled off the effect they were going for but instead the Academy opted for two beautiful stars which was nice to look at but not much else.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  300. Miss Julie

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Oscars. Except for one blurb, it was clean and downright funny. I had no idea Miss Hathaway could sing that well and Franco's impersonation of Marilyn was a howl. The 'sophisticates' out there, lighten up. It was far better fare then the other award show with 'dirty mouth' as host. A genuinely interesting evening.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  301. Eilish99

    II thought last year's broadcast was the worse, until about 2 minutes into last night's show. A new low was set. I put a DVD on, and read the results on Twitter. NOW that was fun!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  302. CdnChick

    Totally thought Anne Hathaway was fabulous considering it seemed she was the only one doing ANYTHING when it came to hosting the show. James Franco is a dud...He brought nothing to last night and Anne was certainly more comfortable in the role. The script sucked but that's not her fault. If James had been more involved and even sober...that probably would have made a world of difference.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  303. Joiebean

    I thought they both did a great job! Not sure I understand the criticism. That's Anne Hathaway's character....she's always goofy and has nervous energy....and its adorable. And James Franco...well he could just stand there and I'd be happy, so the mysterious personality just adds to it. I think they did a great job.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |

    @HateAnne I have actually met and worked with Anne hathaway and she is very down to earth and as pleasant as can be. The same goes for her entire family. They are all very active in causes near to them and spend a lot of time lobbying for civil rights in D.C.
    A typical response from hearsay!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  305. Jimbo

    I feel like they would do better with someone who is already a host like Tom Bergeron...

    February 28, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  306. nope

    Maybe Dwayne Johnson should host it next year...as The Rock.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  307. Really!?!

    I honestly thought the whole news about Franco and Hathaway was a huge practical joke... until last night. I never imagined the Academy would stoop so low as to assume that in order to attract a "young and hip" audience, they'd simply reach into the grab bag of birth certificates and pull out 2 talented dramatic actors whose comedy experience is limited to a stint as host on SNL. The legendary talent of Kirk Douglas got the only laughs in the first hour!! It's time for the Academy do give the next generation some credit and recognize our penchant for TALENT, not who has the most Twitter followers.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  308. Hmmm

    Was waiting for Franco to relax. He looked very nervous, even before the show started.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  309. Tom

    It's a better use of my time to read next morning who won the Oscars. The show is overrated, as is the need for a host. They do far batter just to have a number of presenters to dish out the awards, and eliminate the host.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  310. airiphone

    I guess I have to make a movie about old rich white people in order to win an Oscar these days.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  311. Ed

    If Billy Crystal is the host I won't even tune in. No way.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  312. jps

    Well, they were very nice-looking! If I looked like Ann Hathaway, I wouldn't give a crap what they said about me on CNN. And Franco is a hunk. Does this matter? I guess not but if you're going to suck, it helps to look good. I only ever watch the last hour to see the big awards and never expect to be particularly entertained.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  313. geecee

    We Americans have ADHD. You all have the nerve to criticize this show that didn't live up to your idea of entertainment but you will watch 5 hours of SuperBowl with all the hype and b.s. that goes with it and think you haven't wasted 5 hours of your life! Both are wastes of time, but since you evidently don't have anything better to live for beyond the Super Bowl, I can understand your disappointment.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  314. Kathy B.

    Billy Crystal's 3 minutes was pure magic. The rest? Stick me with a fork, Oscar; I'm done.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  315. citizenUSA

    It always astounds me when I see a Hollywood award production go bad. I mean, putting on a big production is what they do for movies 2-3 years in the making yet they can't get it together sometimes for a small 3-4 hour event. I thought the stage was great with the whole set/backdrop being a screen.They had nerve ripping off Billy Crystal's opening bit, (going into movies and interacting with the characters), and then bringing him out for something later. I even miss David Letterman.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
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  317. Dan@MIA

    I am so sick of coming down to the comments, and seeing a million times "Who Cares?" "This is a waste of time" Then why do you keep reading this site? Who forced you to click on the link? You don't even pay to access this site! Who complains about something they got for free? And to top it all off, you took the time to comment about how this was a waste of your time! Isn't it a bigger waste of time talking about something so superfluous? I will never understand this type of poster...please leave the rest of us with actual comments( like Dave with a spot on rant about how stupid people stating they don't do things they don't like...hilarious!)

    February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  318. OldGoat

    The most annoying thing about the Oscars was the delay before I could watch the 10 PM news, where in less than five minutes, I would have learned everything I wanted to know about the Academy Awards (which is very little). Surely ABC could have found something better to do with their air-time, like show reruns of NYPD Blue.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  319. kel

    Honestly who cares how well they did at hosting. They did their job and their job was to introduce people. If you really care that much about how bad or good a host did then you are watching for the wrong reason. I doubt anyone of you could get up there in front of millions of people and form an intelligent sentence.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  320. Laurie

    It's heartening to see I'm not the only one who longs for the likes of Bob Hope and all the class this award show USED to have. When a 94 year old man with a stroke provides the most interesting moment, isn't it time ( next year, please) to consider injecting a little style and intelligence back into this event, rather than catering to the all-important 14-21 demographic?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  321. Greek

    Anne Hathaway, come on. Then she tries to sing... what was it an audition? Not impressed with her at all in life...who's daughter is she anyway? Oscars are a Waste of time an American freak show

    February 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  322. Carolyn

    I've watched Oscar longer than I care to remember and this show was by far the most boring Oscar I've ever endured. Anne Hathaway was endearing, but why was James Franco there? He did nothing aside from the 5th Grade impersonation of Marilyn Monroe. Franco was simply excess baggage that should have gotten lost.
    Thank the Lord for Kirk Douglas! Bring back Billy Crystal or Ricky Gervais or do someone, not Whoopi Goldberg–that was another disaster.
    All the hype about Hathaway/Franco hosting the Oscars and for what? Too bad! So sad! Wouldn't you think Hollywood, who gives us some great movies, could get the Oscar show right? Apparently, not!
    What were they thinking?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  323. Gary Petersen

    guess the 15 people of ages ranging from 22 to 65 and all of whom see 15+ movies a year that we watched the show with are total idiots. we enjoyed anne, thought james was ok, the show was pretty good and focused on films and stars, no stupid long ridiculous dance numbers. of course there are weak moments, watch any live show. no wonder this country is going where we are politically, we have turned into a nasty, vindictive people with no sense of community who compete to see what wrong we can find!
    one interesting note, if anybody cares, is how many relatively low budget films were among the best movies of the year.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  324. Dale

    Franco appeared stoned. Or something. Big disappointment. I thought the most egregious part of the whole evening was the montage of best picture clips which began with The King's Speech, had The King's Speech audio on throughout, and then ended with The King's Speech. Then the winner is, uh, "The King's Speech." Oh. Yeah. Really?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  325. Just Me

    I think Anne Hathaway and James Franko did a great job.
    James was a little stiff but still entertaining.
    I would like to see any of you get up there and stand in front of a couple of thousand people and entertain them.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  326. Ari Herzog

    You can tell a lot about an awards show these days by the "fun aspect" of the official Twitter account. Comparing @TheAcademy to @TheGrammys, for instance, take a look at the number of retweets and mentions between both accounts on award night. Or, read my article at http://ariherzog.com/comparing-oscar-and-grammy-tweets/ to save you the time.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  327. Shaka Khan

    Yall are all some haters. Didn't your mother teach you, if youu don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all ?!?

    Gosh, i don't think any of you would do anything better. If you don't watch then fine. WHY TALK TRASH ABOUT IT ?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  328. Diane

    Usually i don't watch the Oscars but iI did this year because I saw all but 2 movies. After watching last night now I know why i don't watch them. The hosts were just AWFUL and I could do without all that CRAP in the middle Just present the awards .Now I know why they wait till the end to present the best No wone would watch if awards were given early. And the speeches They thank everybody but the kitchen sink. Say thank you and get off the stage. Thank the American Public who sat through your lot of boring movies.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • smh

      Why should the American public be thanked? We didn't do anything to make the movie a critical success.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  329. HonestlyGood Movies Fan

    The problem, dear hearts, is not the awards show or the hosts. With rare exceptions, such as The King's Speech, the material being judged stinks. Oh, for a flood of good movies again! Shall not happen, I fear, when audiences equate flatulence with funny and gore with good.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Suz

      It's true. Turner Classic Movies has had their "31 Days of Oscar" campaign going, and all you have to do is watch a few films they've been airing to realize just how creatively bankrupt Hollywood has become. It's unfortunate, because Hollywood is not lacking in good talent; they've been reduced, rather, to in general just feeding pap to the general viewing audiences.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  330. whodat

    i thought the oscars was meant to be a show where actors and actresses and movies are recognised, but it seems as if dumb americans expect it to be a comedic show. I would like to knw is it that Americans are so depressed with there lives and what is happening around them that they can no longer find humour among themselves but would rather spend hours watching an awards show expecting it to all of a sudden become a comedic show just because they have nothing else to laugh about in there so called blessed country?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Suz

      If we have to sit through an awards show with many, many awards to recognize actors – hell YES we would like it to at least be entertaining.

      For the record, you can't call Americans dumb if you, yourself, are lacking in the smarts department. ("Americans are so depressed with there lives..." Really? try "their lives" instead, brother!)

      February 28, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |


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  332. Suz

    My vote for next year's host: Charlie Sheen.

    Now THAT should be entertaining!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  333. JeramieH

    They should know the "young and hip" crowd is too fast-paced to watch a 3 hour award show. If they want the under-30 crowd, it needs to be 30 mins.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  334. maquignon

    It was so boring that I recorded it and fast forwarded through most of it. Please bring back Billy Crystal.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  335. rickardo

    Hathaway was really genuine and a breath of fresh air. Crystal's Catskill schtick is so predictable and 60's.
    I guess people are mad becuase these two were not mean like that Gervais fellow. I guess boring is nice and mean.
    The show could be 2 hours and be done, Crystal looked embalmed to start. Franco was not needed. I guess there are no good young comics who can be funny and clean on live TV so we get what we got last night. Sign of our culture.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  336. EverybodyhatesOscar

    Bring back Chris Rock!!!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  337. metmo

    My pick for Oscar host next year would be Robert Downey Jr. I can't believe more people haven't been saying this. He would be genius. Or how about Tina Fey or Stephen Colbert.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  338. Jack Hugo

    Jack Hugo says, the oscars are stucking fupid

    February 28, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  339. Renata

    I thought Anne Hathaway was vibrant, classy and funny. I enjoyed watching her. Franco on the other hand seemed stoned.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  340. User42

    Charlie Sheen should have hosted. That would have been entertaining.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Where's the "like button"?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • charlie shone

      yeswsss.. the largest ego telling the other large egos who the best large ego of the year is...

      February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Kirk Douglas

    Wow, what happened last night? I dreamed I was a zombie and went to the Oscars and acted like a perverted creep. Hope if was only a dream.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  342. observer

    I thought the Bob Hope interjection was entertaining and a really cool addition to the show.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  343. Tiberius1967

    Suggestion for those who produce next year's Oscars...the show needs to get GERVAISED!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  344. mb2010a

    I don't think it was the hosts so much as the terrible material they had to work with. Franco could have been a little bit looser and Hathaway could have toned it down a bit, but I've seen worse performances by hosts of the awards. The funniest part of the whole show was the bit at the beginning adding them both into scenes from the various movies.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  345. David Deen

    I have finally found a cure for insomnia. Move over Ambien.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  346. Piedmont

    At least it wasn't hosted by Charlie Sheen and Lindsey Lohan. I want to see those two on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  347. Superhiro

    Can't remember the last time I watched the Oscars and I can't remember the last time they weren't almost universally panned as awful.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  348. BetterThanallofyou

    This Oscar show was crisp and better than the ones before. I found it what it should be, an awards show, glad there wasn't any stupid dancing. The tip of the hat to bob hope was great. The stage was great, the hosts were great. The only bad part was Oprah being there, this is a show about movies not TV. Who was the idiot that let her on the show? It wasn't boring at all. Every time I read comments here I loose i.q. points. People that criticize don't have what it takes to do.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      Your comment is good and I agree with you except when you said that stupid thing about Oprah. You gave yourself away.

      March 1, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  349. Ringo

    So much for the new "young hip Oscars". What a very b-b-b-b-b-boring show...

    February 28, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  350. damn

    I think downey jr would be the perfect fit for the show

    February 28, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  351. Mike C

    Only complainers, haters, and wannabe comedians bother to post about the Oscars. I thought it was just fine. But people like me aren't going to bother posting that.

    Bottom line for me is that the show pretty much always su<ks. So I'm not sure what people we're expecting. Guys like Bob Hope and Johnny Carson had some nice moments. But the show still su<ks.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ringo

      "Only complainers, haters, and wannabe comedians bother to post about the Oscars."

      Which are you?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike C

      I was talking about the twitter posts refered to in this article. You know, the article we are commenting on?! So I am neither.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  352. sue kleist

    last night's best performance oscar should go to entire audience for best portrayal of ultra egos playing the role of 'humble modesty' so seeing Charly Sheen on national television declaring how great he (himself) is, was so refreshing. They all have about the same self indulging egos, but Charly's public declaration of his...refreshing!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  353. Erouzee

    I wonder how the protesters getting shot at in Libya felt about the Oscars...

    February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • What's it to you

      Thanks for the perspective. Why don't we all just sit around crying about political unrest in foreign countries, cancer babies and all the other awful things in the world.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  354. athena

    I really enjoyed watching Anne Hathaway, I think she did a great job and was funny. It's not her fault that the writers sucked... again.
    James Franco, on the other hand, should never be allowed back to the Oscar show nor as a presenter or nominee, ever ever ever again!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  355. Jeanne Regan

    I thought that Hathaway and Franco did an admirable job–at least it was a different kind of presentation; "the young and hip Oscars!" They did make it feel like a young and exciting Hollywood with their hats off to legend Kirk Douglas (who was outstanding!). Loved Billy Crystal's bit and his recollection of Bob Hope–this added such a nice touch, so I'm not going to complain. Can't even complain about Melissa Leo's dropping the "F"-bomb! Lots of glamour and humor to go around, so I found it enjoyable.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  356. Keith

    I don't get it, I'm pretty sure they don't write their own scripts. They just read off of a teleprompter the whole time.....why do they get so much grief?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  357. jordan

    maybe if the show didn't take 10 hours and winners didn't give 5 minute thank you speeches the hosts wouldn't have been so bored looking.. not much you can do when your momentum gets killed every time a new winner is announced

    February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  358. portalpunk

    Anne Hathaway is so beautiful it hurts to look at her. The part with Kirk Douglas was the worst, painful to watch and listen to, the guy thinks he's funny and people at laughing just to be polite and respectful to an old fart.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  359. mttrailboss

    The 'worst' Academy Awards show that I have ever seen and I am 64. I was really disappointed in the performance of the hosts and like you, missed Billy Crystal and Bob Hope. Maybe.., its a generation gap or just a poor performance. Halfway through.., I almost turned off the TV. However.., Anne Hathaway seemed to pickup the tempo and carry it into the second half. As for the best picture, actor and director with 'The King's Speech'.., I totally agree. 'The Social Network' was really a let down. Maybe.., because it is was more fictional than non-fiction. People like real life stories and 'The Social Network' didn't cut the muster. I also liked 'True Grit' and was surprised that it came away with almost nothing. I hope and pray that next years oscars, will be more memorable and not boring. Billy Crystal.., would you like your job back ? Hope so.. Mike in Montana

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  360. Dan Oh

    Next year, let's have Betty White host the show! Who's with me!?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |

    I thought Hathaway was pretty good.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  362. Alina77

    I truly think Anne Hathaway was trying to make ME jealous of those dresses. So, she was a little jumpy, but who wouldn't be ? Love Franco.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  363. zinkan

    My favorite was Piers Morgan when Billy Crystal was on stage: "Keep. Billy. There."

    February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  364. Spencer

    The Oscars are an award show for the actors and directors, not for normal people. Who cares if they won best actor, it has no relevance. The show was never entertaining. However, I do get a kick at the old farts on this board taking shots at young people as if to redeem the failures of their own youth.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  365. Ram

    Out of 4 hrs, I watched, the funny parts are initial 1 minute opening, kirk douglas words and when Bill crystal appeared. Total 3 minutes. If the organizers thought, it will appear to youth by having young hosts, its like watching the channel as if no other channel is available to change it. The inital red carpet is the worst. Its pathetic asking the same repeated questions to actors. Even I can be a better organizer.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  366. Ugotta'bekiddin'me

    Franco acted like he was doing everyone a favor. Hathaway acted like she was on her first date as a juvenile. Not exactly Oscar material!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  367. sarah barrette

    I go back and forth with Anne as an actress, sometimes she is annoying as she was last night with all her whoo whooing of every announcer that came out. It's not a rock concert, it's the Oscars. James well, was James, exactly what I expected. Either way it's just the Oscars, but I did enjoy Celine's rendition of 'Smile' though no one does it like Judy and I thought the memorial was nice but did later wonder why Corey Haim couldn't of been up there...anyways all in all it was boring but alright and I do miss Billy Crystal. They need comedians to host!, not actors! and if they do hire actors at least get funny ones!!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  368. aaa

    This year's show was horrible. Last year's was incredible. What went wrong?

    February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  369. Heather

    I liked the show. Anne and James did fine, in my opinion. It's the Oscars. They're not saving lives.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  370. Nicky B

    Just because you can act in movies doesn't mean you can host. I"m glad I DVR the show. I finish the whole show in 1/2 hr through fast forwarding. There's only less then 5 minutes of the show that's worth watching. Bill Crystal and Natalie Portman.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  371. Kayla

    I don't think they were the WORST – they had some effervescence but I think the material was worse than they were. The funniest line of the night was Franco-as-Marilyn's "Charlie Sheen texted me" reference. Anne singing in the tuxedo was a bore, a waste and utterly ridiculous. I was irritated mostly by Anne's silly little giggles at things that were only funny to her. All I know is when Billy Crystal appeared the show lit up. His jokes weren't even that hilarious, but wow, does he have PRESENCE! Not to mention experience, delivery and command of his material AND his audience. He could say "blah blah blah" and you would laugh. Please, bring him back!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  372. Shannon Nutt

    Do all you critics/reporters even REMEMBER the travesty that was last year's (horribly produced) show? Anne and James may not have the comedic skills of a Crystal or a Hope (and why should they, it's not their forte), but they were WORLDS better than the egg Steve Martin and Alec Balwin laid last year. I thought they both did just fine.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  373. AdamofMadison

    I used to enjoy watching the Oscars years ago, when there were actual "stars". It was very glamrous and lots of fun. Has not been enjoyable for years now, no stars left, just people who act in movies.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  374. tankrothchild

    I think the response to the horrid Oscars is a reflection of the state of our nation. Average americans are in no mood to tune in to high society flaunting diamond necklaces worth more than most of their homes (if they still own their home.) This year's Oscar train wreck is also a screaming statement that 2010 was a horrible year in film. The hollywood bar is set so low, movies like the last airbender made 300 million.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  375. sally

    The hosts were AWFUL. James Franco might be the hot guy of the moment, but he has zero personality. Anne Hathaway
    was only slightly better. Lousy show all in all, although I was happy about the winners. I hated that they had Kirk Douglas
    up there in his condition..that isn't funny at all. The show could be half as long without the inane banter of hosts like that.
    At least have someone with some talent next time.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  376. John

    Would have been better if Franco still had his arm stuck by the rock!

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  377. TIM


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  378. Michael

    Watched for 10 minutes. Read about the winners in this morning's paper. Saved 4 3/4 hours of my life.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  379. Carl H.

    I thought that James Franco was not entertaining at all, and was one of the worst hosts I've ever seen. Anne Hathaway on the other hand was doing the best she could with what she had.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  380. ShaneB

    Its so easy to be a critic. Its best features are complain about everyone else and not produce a thing.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  381. Matt

    I wish we could find out every person that watched this idiotic show and have them killed because the world would be much better off without them. If you enjoy this type of show or follow any hollywood types then you really have major issues that cannot be dealt with as your life is pretty pathetic.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  382. Emily

    This years Oscars was the most boring over-rated show ever!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  383. Desiree

    Did'nt think the marilyn Monroe drag was funny and then he said he was waiting on a call from Charlie Sheen.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  384. Kirk

    I enjoyed it. It was nice to see some young people on stage for a change instead of an old wrinkly person who is no longer relevant in Hollywood. Anne Hathaway is nice eye candy too!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  385. DDSilks

    I think with the popularity of awards shows and beauty pageants waning, the networks are trying all new gimmicks with the younger crowd to s[pur interest and viewers. This show did fall flat, despite desperate attempts at humor and fashion. (Did Anne Hathaway change outfits with every commercial break???)

    February 28, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  386. Twisted!

    WOW! Watching the Oscars should be on TwoTwistedFates dot com - with a picture of bleeding eyeballs perhaps. I bet it would win!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  387. pops

    goes to show that this generation has no talent and no charm. just a bunch of empty, vapid people selling us trash.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  388. Bob

    This bomb needs to be laid at the feet of the producers and director. They should be retired from presenting the Oscar telecast. James Franco was just a complete bore, didn't even seem like he wanted to be there. Anne Hathaway was just over-the-top perky. Get a REAL host next year.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  389. faye moghtader

    the show was the worst oscar i have ever watched and i normally watch them all,the duo were not only funny but dumb,they could have picked a better people who are better on the stage,i stoped watching and later god the news from internate.hollywood needs better writres.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  390. John

    I can't imagine anything less interesting than a bunch of self-aggrandizing morons standing around patting themelves on the back giving awards to over-hyped movies that no one actually watches. The Oscars have become almost a parody of themselves where all you have to do is play a gay guy or make a movie that no one understands and you're a shoe-in. I've NEVER watched this drivel, I NEVER will, and frankly I couldn't care less what these morons think.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  391. Kay

    Bring back Ricky Gervais!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  392. NYCMovieFan

    It was the worst Oscars show ever, or at least in the last 20 years. The script was just nasty – we did not need to hear anything about Charlie Sheen, thank you. And what was it with referring to old Hollywood all the time – they are dead and cannot get you out of this jam! It was really sad to see Alec Baldwin at the beginning, then Billy Crystal and Bob Hope later – great hosts fromt he past, and we learned the hard way that the only thing that makes the show worth watching is a host who is funny and respectful, but we got 2 dodos last night. The best part: Kirk Douglas, bless him. The worst part: Anne Hathaway's truly offensive song attacking Hugh Jackman, also a better host. What was that? What were they thinking? And why was Lena Horne the only In Memoriam person to get a few extra seconds of attention – why not Tony Curtis or Dennis Hopper too, who have inspired people too and at least worked in living memory??? Not going to watch anymore, it made no real sense and was so very very very bad.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • BPro

      I'm glad someone else had the same reaction to the Lena Horne part... I was thinking the same thing. Nothing against her, but, really? Why is she better than everyone else in the montage? Because she's black? Holy discrimination... I found it offensive and in poor taste.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  393. WomenOnGuard

    Anne Hathaway must of thought she was at a pep rally... I'm surprised she didn't also whistle! As for James Franco, he just stood there like a zombie... was he on drugs or something?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  394. PPB

    The worse Oscar show I have ever seen. It was pitiful! The hosts were BORING! James Franco was so dull and NOT FUNNY. He was squiting his eyes all night long. If I had seen him for the 1st time as an Oscar host, I would NOT want to see his acting. They should be banned for life for their lack luster performance.
    The King's speech.....yawn, yawn... I don't like the way the Brits sound anyway, much less this movie. Holy Cow this was as bad as "Fargo" winning that year over "Jerry McGuire." Inception did well but was a much better movie than the King's speech. Really disappointed about "True Grit" being snubbed. Westerns today just don't get the credit they deserve because the Academy Award board is more concerned about the "Artsy" crap.
    Then their was Melissa NO-CLASS Leo. Well obviously her part in the movie she won an Oscar for as “trailer trash” was not that big a stretch for her.
    Definetly the worse Academy Award ceremony in my life time. I would rather have old clips of Bob Hope doing the whole show than those two clowns last night

    February 28, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  395. Good show

    Perhaps not the best host/hostess at the awards show, but please people, Miss Hathaway did a marvelous job. She kept the night moving with her joy and enthusiasm. You can't beat that. She is NO deadbeat. She gave one helluva try and whether you liked her or not she is full of personality.

    The actress who dropped the F-bomb, was a total disgrace to the Acadamy!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • nviewer

      Melissa Leo was not a disgrace, she spoke from the heart and off the cuff. Not prepped from a speech. So she cussed. So does the majority of the world. They bleeped it out. so get over yourself. The disgrace was the show and the bad hosting.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Christy

    They honestly need to do like the Grammys and give away all but the big awards (Best Picture, all the acting awards, Best Director – shoot even Best Song) on a televised broadcast. We know they could drag those 6 awards out over 2 hours at least.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  397. lost

    i guess laying off the writers was not a good idea for the show.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  398. rick52

    I watched a lot of the show because I was curious to see who'd win, I had some favorites to root for, and I like to see the reactions. I also like to get clued in to movies I knew nothing about. I don't pay much attention to the hosts. Who cares?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  399. Shawky

    Bring back Billy Crystal – the best ever HOST of OSCARS!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  400. Irene

    What a shame ... the coming attractions with Anne and James were sooooo funny, what happened to Oscar night?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  401. JFS in IL

    I am not the desired demographic, being 51, but I did fully enjoy Hathaway's efforts (she is talented, beautiful and funny!) and the opening Inception bit. Could have done without Franco, as i simply do not care for him (he always looks like he is smirking).

    A Hathaway/Baldwin duo would have been a blast. Maybe next year.....?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  402. Dave

    Kirk Douglas was auditioning for the role of the Crypt Keeper. Good news... he won!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  403. oscars schmoscars

    Postpone Desperate Housewives for this Oscar crap! UGG...I just played a few hours of Guitar Hero instead and moved on with my life

    February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  404. Tim

    Freak show.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  405. Debbie

    The hosting was bland and boring. Highlights were Mr. Douglas, the children at the end, and Billy Chyrstal. Oh and when the F bomb got dropped was funny too. The rest was just bland. Hathaway was over-reaching and Franco was more into his cell phone than hosting.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  406. Peter Giroday

    The world has a lot of cynics.
    The Oscars is a night of recognition for the actors tremendous efforts and talent .Anne Hataway is just a young woman, very successful in what she does.Likewise her stage partner James. Try, for your injured soul, to smile and enjoy.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  407. Travis

    I thought the taped piece at the beginning was better than some of the openings I've seen in the past. I thought the two hosts were adequate and the producers smartly did not let them have a whole lot to do. Aside from the beginning portion and the song and drag show later, they appeared separately for most of the night and kept away from too much forced comedy. I thought it was a nice, safe non issue this year.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  408. thierryjtaule

    *strap on*

    February 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  409. Loud Noises

    Billy Crystal was trying to be young and hip but was just a BOTOX FAIL.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |

    Hathaway and Franco are actors, not hosts. Considering their work experience, I think they did fine. The Oscars just need to stick with someone who excels at this, Stewart, Crystal, Martin.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  411. Bob Hope

    This is why you need a comedian to host the show, because they're actuall entertaining on their own. Actors only know how to act.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  412. Matthew

    The hosts and show, in general, were awful. I actually decided that Minute to Win It was a better option.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  413. Jinda

    WORST Oscar show ever (even worse than into with Rob Lowe singing with Snow White)! It would have been more entertaining to watch someone pee in a can.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  414. doug

    i didn't think the hosts were that bad and anne was a lot of fun to look at. i just think that crtics and tweeters, with no talent of their own, have way too much time on their hands and need to get a real life.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  415. Walker

    I think so many of you missed the point, Hathaway and Franco made several references to "young and hip oscars" as an obvious way to poke fun of the idea. I think they did a ok job, Hathaway's enthusiasm was sweet and although Franco was a biut stiff he had a couple really funny lines if you paid attention.
    Then again, I am a 39 year old straight male who watched the show for the first time since my parents forced it on me...not exactly who the show caters to....but who would want to expand their viewing audience...crazy.
    Get over yourselves, award shows suck. This one kept our interest for the first time in years (as my wife said).

    February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  416. Anthony

    They were not funny! The Oscars need to look at hiring Billy Crystal, Whoopi and Robin Williams back as they are funny.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  417. NotALemming

    They should have hired Ricky Gervais....

    February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  418. Daniel

    I knew they would bomb. Hathaway was upbeat, at least. Franco was an absolute dud. He'll wish he had never criticized Gervais.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  419. Mama Bear

    Just goes to show, youth does not = funny or smart. Anne would have been great if paired with a real co-host that could have generated some energy. Let me see. . . some producer had a wet dream over Hathaway, or maybe Franco, threw a Hollywood hissy fit and that's what we got to see. . . .

    February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  420. cray4

    Who really even cares what the unwashed masses using Twitter thinks? Most people are generally unhappy and critical, anyway (like me!).

    February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  421. CharlottesWeb

    Awful, really awful. And showing Bob Hope and bringing on Billy Crystal just reinforced how bland and boring Hathaway and Franco were. Actually she at least tried, although at some points I thought she was going to pee her pants with forced enthusiasm. He was comatose, maybe stoned or something. And both upstaged by a Kirk Douglas, even with his shuffle and slurred speech.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • NYCMovieFan

      That's because Kirk Douglas is the real deal, a real actor with real talent, and that never goes away. What we saw last night was that "young Hollywood" is fake, dumb and completely untalented. They know how to text and stand still, and that's it. Everyone worth listening to was over 50 last night, and that's an interesting thing. Forget the ageism, it is so very lame. They should bring back Whoopi with several other "guest"hosts from Comedy Central, like The Daily Show team (John Steward, we SO missed you last night!!) or from The Colbert Report – in fact, Whoopi and Steven Colbert would be terrific hosting the Oscars, you would get Hollywood insider insights from her and outside Hollywood commentary from him, priceless!

      February 28, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Portalpunk

      You 2 are morons, Kirk Douglas was fine for his time, but Hathoway will far eclipe him once her career is finished. Watching him was painful and creepy.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachael

      I take offense to people saying that young Hollywood is untalented. I agree that last night was not great, but James Franco was not to blame for that. He didn't write the material. You know who did that?? OLDER Hollywood writers who have been shoving the same material over and over again for the Oscars for over 20 years. Franco is so far from untalented, if you have seen any of his diverse catalog of films you would know this. He was bored...because the material was a snooze-fest.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • NYCMovieFan

      There's that ageism again. That twisted and defeated idea that your age determines your talent. It cannot be denied that the best presenters and winners last night were not in their teens or 20s, some were multiples of 20, like Kirk Douglas, Kevin Spacey, Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Colin Firth, Helen Mirren, the list goes on. Gwyenth Paltrow is 40, Russell Brand is 35 – they were miles better than Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, and the 2 dazed and confused hosts. I have seen James Franco in some movies – Pineapple Express? Date Night? -and how about Anne Hathaway in Get Smart? nothing to be proud of in any of those, for sure. So the TV execs and producers knew what they were hiring, people who had no stage experience and should not have been hosting a live global program. Even in the short opening video, they were up against better, more experienced actors, and they looked weak as opposed to the talented Bridges, Freeman, Baldwin, diCaprio – so the producers knew weeks before last night that they had hired the wrong people to host. As for blaming the writers for the mess, who knows their ages, were you there? But anyone who knows anything knows – its up to the hosts to review and approve the material, and it takes wit and intelligence to know that dressing up as Marilyn Monroe was not funny, hip or cool, unless its a tribute, and that certainly was not. The hosts failed miserably but the ultimate blame lies with the Producers and TV Execs who let us down with their poor choices last night, particularly their poor choice of the hosts. We only got a glimpse of the Oscars that could have been, through Billy Crystal's brief appearance, Morgan Freeman's brief video cameo, and Oprah's short speech. Shame.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Bub

    It would have been better if Bob Hope's hologram was used throughout.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      I agree with most of you people...the Academy Awards show wasn't the best and as much has I dislike Joan Rivers, she would have done a much better job. Ann's singing wasn't too bad in one spot on the show...who knew she could sing? I hope the writer (s) of this show will look at each ones comments on here and figure out where they went wrong...ugh Yay–to the King's Speech for taking the top honor. The movie was entertaining!

      February 28, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  423. Devara

    It was painful – second only to Rob Lowe singing with Snow White. I think it was appropriate that James Franco co-hosted, because the show was 127 hours long, and it made me feel like cutting off my arm.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • bazzar

      Devara......BEST comment here!!!!!! LOL!

      February 28, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • court


      February 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ToDevara

      Funny except Ricky Gervais already used that joke. Frankly I find it deliciously ironic that the half-dead stoner Franco bombed so badly considering the fact that a few days ago he was calling out Ricky Gervais for having bombed at the GG and for having written terrible jokes. Dont you love it when you see an arrogant tosser brought down to earth like that. No matter how bad you may think RG was (and I personally think he was one of the best award show presenters ever) nothing will come close to how awful James Franco's efforts were.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus's Brother Bob

      if you cut off your arm you can borrow mine 🙂 i live in a hole

      February 28, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  424. mike

    This is news? Take whatever money you're wasting on people writing about Twitter feeds (I mean REALLY?) and spend it on JOURNALISTS, CNN.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      And here's today's MORON who CAME to the ENTERTAINMENT page and want's to be entertained by war. Hand of keys bright boy, and move on.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      I am so confused...did you not want CNN to cover the Academy Awards? This is a blog in the Entertainment section.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  425. BradKT

    Obviously, I am not the only person who thinks that this was a terrible Academy Awards show. The writing was terrible and the performances by the hosts was worse. Franco constributed nothing, was stiff as a board and looked like he had no talent at all. Hathaway is way overrated and didn't show me anything except a lot of dress changes. This was the worst Academy Awards show that I have ever seen and I have been watching since the mid-1950s. There was a real overall lack of talent on display in Hollywood last night. My friends and I were wondering if even 5 members of this newest generation of so-called actors will be remembered 5 years from now. I see none of them ever having anything close to the stature of the Hollywood greats of the past.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  426. Toby

    I enjoyed watching Anne Hathaway- she's classy and down to earth.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • MardiBug

      Classy? Really? She was yelling "Wooo!" whenever there was applause like she was at a tractor-pull.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  427. manny

    Worst ocars..everyone knew hosts would bomb..they are nice people but what a disaster...kirk douglas kind of saved the show...even the f-bomb was entertaining..bring back billy or ricky or conan any day

    February 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      Kirk Douglas was terrible, he creeped me out and I had to leave the room.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • rker321

      If they don't listen to this one, they will loose a lot of its audience. As it was, I only saw the beginning , that was enough for me.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  428. ReginaGeorge

    Did no one consider that maybe James wasn't that great because his mind was on the award he was up for rather than on the lame gags he was performing? I'd bet he was nervous about that Best Actor award, whether he won or not, and that his mind was not at all on whatever stupid thing he was doing up there with Anne.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyson

      This occurred to me too. I think his nerves over being nominated + nerves over being the host = kablooey. Normally he is a lot more charming than that in his interviews and such.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • rker321

      Although a great actor, he is not a comic, that is not what he is good at. neither is Ann Hathaway, There are things that they should do, and this one was not one of them

      February 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  429. DDL

    I thought the intro with Alec Baldwin sipping on a capri sun Ambien was hilarious 🙂

    February 28, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  430. DutchMovieFan

    Over here in Europe, probably only real and devoted movie fans like myself stayed up really late last night to watch this show as it only started at 2.30 a.m. local time. For me personally as a devoted movie lover, I watch this show every year because:
    1. I will like to see my favourite stars and performances of the last film year win in their nominated categories (in this case only Nathalie Portman & Colin Firth as The Fighter with Melissa Leo and Christian Bale will only be shown in Holland starting from next month)
    2. I will like to see my favourite film of the last film year win (in this case The King's Speech which is now a big box office hit in the Netherlands and is a huge critical succes with both the film critics and the moviegoers as well since it started showing here about two weeks ago: by the way, my fellow moviegoers actually applauded after seeing this film, something not experienced by myself in the Netherlands in recent memory!)
    3. I like to see all those famous stars, writers, musicians, singers, directors etc. once a year, both on and off the red carpet
    I personally thought that both Anne Hatheway & James Franco did just OK, considering that they are both actors in the first place and also considering their youth and their lack of experience in this aspect (as Oscar hosts).
    Probably in the U.S. many people watch this (long) show on a Sunday evening more for its entertainment value than anything else. I would say that on the whole, this was an average show, but it was certainly not one of the worst ever as the writer for The Hollywood Reporter apparently seemed to claim in his or her article this morning, if I have read his or her internet article correctly!. But at the same time, I have certainly missed past Oscars hosts such as Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Jon Stewart etc. from the last 10 years or so. Who knows, for next year, the Academy might consider a combination of a famous young & talented actor or actress (for example Matt Damon or Angelina Jolie or Kiera Knightley or Carey Mulligan, just to name four currently **hot** celebrities) with a famous (older) stand-up comedian and/or a well-known talkshow host, in order to appeal to a growing worldwide television audience of about 1 billion people of all ages?!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • americansrdumb

      Applause in a movie theater is one of the stupider trends here in the United States. There's no one to acknowledge your applause, idiots! Nobody CARES, it's not like Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are there to hear you clap! Ugh, so stupid.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Well, "americansrdumb", it is a way to show appreciation toward the film with the rest of the audience, and usually there are 100-200 people involved with the film and each one has family. It makes them feel great to have people clap. You should try being happier in life.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • vmaxnc

      @americans – True. there's no one to acknowledge the applause. But at least it shows that people are actually getting sucked in to the movie, as the moviemakers intended. Most people today are so distracted that they never get into whatever they're doing enough to fully appreciate it. Think about it-smart phone companies are now touting a 4" screen and a pair of $5 earbuds as a movie theater experience. How exciting can that be?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • rker321

      Although I feel that all the Oscars went to the right people, and everyone that was nominated really deserve it. It was really very impressive to see Billy Crystal and his very short appearance to understand, that these two individuals should stick to acting.
      The Oscars really need stand up comedians to deflect somewhat the seriousness and stressful time that the Oscars can bring and inject humor into a program that represents the best and the worst of Hollywood.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  431. LL

    I felt bad for Anne Hathaway....they were TERRIBLE! But I blame a lot of it on James Franco and the material. He is the male version of the hot dumb blonde....James, just smile; don't talk, just smile.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      James is actually quite an intelligent, well-spoken guy. I think he just knew the material they were being given was garbage, plus he didn't seem that thrilled to be there. Try reading a few of his interviews before you make that kind of judgment on his character, please.

      Anne, on the other hand, seemed like a vacuous dip last night. Whoever made the cheerleader comment is totally right.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • court

      He's not dumb by any means. He's finishing up his Phd!! Now who looks dumb?

      February 28, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I'm aware of Mr. Franco's accomplishments. For some reason, he wants to hide it under a bushel...cause it's not obvious by his actions.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  432. kent

    I have not owned a t.v. for three years now...thanks for letting me know that i still do not need a t.v.....live at the beach...tides coming in so it is surfing time...later

    February 28, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Sparksnsmoke


      February 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffini S.

      Because being addicted to TV is SOOO much worse than being addicted to the internet...

      February 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  433. master swimmer

    Two words......Fast Forward

    February 28, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  434. DougB

    Hathaway and Franco together were awful–no chemistry. She was channeling some high school cheerleader and he appeared to be hitting the bong too often. Blame the producers of the show, they should have gone for a comedian or someone with a proven record like Hugh Jackman. Also the writers who came up with the "banter chatter" did a dismal job-those guys need not apply for this gig again!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  435. HateAnne

    Anne Hathaway is a stuck-up witch. Have heard many horror stories about what a vicious diva she is. She didn't do a good job last night either, though James Franco was no help. Atleast he is a classy guy though.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • NDH

      Wow! Interesting comment. I thought Anne really shined last night and Franco was pretty much just the side kick beside her. I thought they did a fantastic job. Funny how different people can view things so absolutely different.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I take it you are a close personal friend of Ms. Hathaway's. Ironically, I happen to know someone that has met and worked with her...she couldn't have been more gracious. Someone has their knickers in a twist.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • HateAnne

      @Dawn: Funny, I have worked with her as well. I found her to be a thoroughly unpleasant person who thought herself to be "above" everyone around her. However, she sure knows how to turn on the charm when there's a camera pointed her way...

      February 28, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Katherine

      I have to back HateAnne up on this one, I worked on the set of Bride Wars and she was a piece of work. Kate Hudson was wonderful though, so funny and normal!

      February 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Maverick

      Or maybe she only thinks she's better than you, because I'm sure you're just some creepy jerk who tried to get into her pants.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JosephBleaux

      But Anne is hot. I'd hit it.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • LoveAnne

      Gotta love that secondhand hatred. Why not go back and eat another handful of oreos and watch Oprah. Don't forget to look at fit and beautiful women and hate even more

      February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathleen

      I think Anne Hathaway is likely an excellent judge of character and treated you appropriately. I thought she did a great job but could have used some much better material.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • uMAD

      @HateAnne – Don't flatter yourself. By "worked with her," you mean probably mean "worked FOR her." There's a difference between being a colleague and a peon.

      u mad?

      February 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Jesus Padilla

    Didn't see it.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • KatieBug92

      So stop wasting time and space in here and go pollute another topic.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      But still felt an overwhelming need to share that...

      February 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichC

      Give it a rest with the "wasting time and space" nonsense. I thought this was supposed to be "social"?
      If I was standing around the water cooler and the topic of the Oscars came up, I would chime in with "I didn't watch it..".
      If you don't like to read things like that, than stop pretending things like message boards, Twitter, Facebook, etc... are "social"..

      February 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  437. yar

    When is the academy ever going to learn... They just dont get it. They only thing good about the show was the children singing at the end...... I keep watching thinking it is going to get better, wrong thinking... I think this is it, no more.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      The kids singing at the end? Oh please, it was so sickly sweet I was getting cavaties from listening to it. I couldn't get to the remote quick enough.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  438. Flexible

    Anne Hathaway was vibrant, classy and funny. I enjoyed her presence. She did very well and could have done it by herself.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      I agree. Hathaway was very good and trying her darndest! I dont blame her at all for any lame-ness.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      I actually liked the show, I think the two host did a good job. I think the internet allows people to complain to easily. And a lot of people complain just to complain. I thought Ann looked great, and it's about time the host were younger too. They were very entertaining. I think people are just so used to controversy during the Oscars, that people forgot that it is about the movies, not the hosts.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • BYB

      Anne Hathaway is an over-eager, fake-bubbly, mouthy, irritant. Hopefully everyone saw that last night. Crooning and who-HOOing everytime someone came on stage was simply JV. Terrible actress, even worse hostess. Glad the world finally saw that. Hopefully her days are numbered....................

      February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerky

      I would have watched it if Hathaway's dress fell off (Anne All-The-Way, right?) and if the speaker broke on my TV, I guess.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrissy

      I agree, I thought Anne did a great job. I enjoyed the show. James Franco didn't look like he wanted to be there but other than that I give it two thumbs up.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  439. MAX


    February 28, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • MaryInBoise

      Now now, no need to shout.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • TomG

      If you follow comments on a lot of these stories, you'll realize that people would much rather complain than say something positive. I DID watch pretty much the entire show this year, mainly because I could pause it occasionally so I could then fast-forward through the acceptance speeches that thanked 18 people whose names meant nothing to me, nor most of the audience, I'm sure. I was impressed by Ann's singing ability. As for hers and James' hosting performances, there have been more entertaining hosts, and will be better ones in the future. But is too much emphasis put on the hosts anyway? The whole idea of the show is to honor people in the movie field.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Only the boring and/or stiff performances get ripped on. Jon Stewart was great as a host, as was Hugh Jackman. the pairing of Balwin & Martin was ...meh, while Steve Martin alone was fantastic. Folks like Davis Letterman, Whoopie Goldberg and Chris Rock were all terrible despite being really good at what they do for a living. They just weren't the right fit for the Oscars.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Not as pathetic as typing in all caps.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  440. Dawn

    Where were the writers for the show? Anne Hathaway did not stink and would have been much better with good material. James Franco on the other hand didn't seem to be aware of where he was or the importance of the telecast in Hollywood. As far as people saying it was the worst ever...what about Rob Lowe and Snow White! Let's get some perspective.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • librachick

      Hathaway was horrific. She doesn't have a comedic bone in her body; any of the comedies she's done have either been terrible or funny in spite of her, not because of her.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • SometimesElla

      I agree with you. I thought she put in a ton of effort and was energetic and enthusiastic, she really can't be blamed for the bad writing. Franco was clearly stoned.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      On target, Dawn. The two young co-hosts were so stressed, drenched in flop sweat. Franco and Hathaway are so talented and charismatic that I guess it was just assumed that there would be chemistry. What ever chemistry there might have been evaporated with the desperate "we're hip, we're cool, we're young and in the clique!" meme. Ewww. The marketing experts oversold 'em and basically destroyed the innate charm of two very talented people.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  441. rae

    The only part that really made me laugh was kirk douglas as presenter. what a legend.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • portalpunk

      The kirk douglas part was the worst, it was painful to watch the old fart and his stretched out face, game me the creeps when he hit on Hathaway.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • flyonthewall

      I did see Kirk Douglas and I was fascinated by how HUGE his ears are.......man they are HUGE!

      February 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Hope Awesome

      I liked seeing Kirk Douglas. It may be the last time we see him and what a megastar he is.

      The best host award of the night? Goes to the deceased Bob Hope.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Considering the fact Kirk Douglas is a legend in tis business, as survived a helicopter crash, had a serious stroke in 1996, and is 94 years old and STILL kicking and lucid, I'm damned impressed he was there and shows better respect and character than you. You must be a teenager.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ralph

      Douglas is a legend, but he is OLD and hard to understand. His face looked like it was MELTING off his face. Everyone was very polite but it was painful to watch.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  442. WLM

    It was so boring. Anne Hathaway is like a wet blanket and James Franco was so stiff and looked so bored! The WORST!

    February 28, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  443. librachick

    The young hosts were obviously an attempt to appeal to the under-30 crowd and not a reflection of who would actually make a good host for the event. The funny thing is that I can think of several younger stars who would actually make great hosts for the Academy Awards. Franco and Hathaway simply aren't funny and weren't good choices. I think a better choice would have been Steve Carrell. He is an excellent comedian and appeals to people across a wide range of ages.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Carrell gets tiring with his Me, Me, Me schtick. I can see him now hogging the podium in order to promote himself as an actor or politician.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Macie13

      I think a stint hosting on SNL should be a pre-req for hosting the Oscars – if you can survive that live one-hour show, you might have a shot for the real deal. Surprisingly, my favorite SNL host of recent years has been Justin Timberlake – he's got great comedic timing, can throw in musical numbers (obviously), and has zero problem making fun of himself. Don't get me wrong, I like both of last night's hosts as actors, and they can be very interesting in interviews, but hosting was just NOT their forte.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      I'm under 30. Having those 2 host didn't get me to watch. If they really wanted to appeal to the "younger crowd" they'd make sure the show was FUNNY. I probably would've watched had Betty White and Steve Carell been hosting....and those two are appealling to all age groups!

      February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • THX

      What really was unappealing was their wardrobe choices. Hathaway can pass in the suit (barely) but the Marilyn Monroe look on Franco is just plain clunky. Together they look like one big joke on the awards. Hm. Maybe that was the point.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      I think Justin Timberlake would have been a great choice to host. Anne Hathaway is actually very talented if anyone here had followed her career, she was clearly not used well for this event. I agree that Franco didn't even seem to be trying. It wasn't just the hosts though. There are writers for the event and they didn't seem to produce anything for the hosts to use.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Public Enemy Number 2

      @librachick – Both Franco and Hathaway have hosted SNL. Franco has done it twice. Apparently it didn't prepare them. Bring back Crystal, Jon Stewart, or Ellen. THEY were funny.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Public Enemy Number 2

      Sorry, that should've been to @Macie13.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aly

      I think it's idiotic to suggest we make decisions based on short attention span theater, aka twitter. We'd end up with Bieber hosting the Oscars, Lady Gaga as president, and everybody would know how to spell Rihanna's name even though they can't spell simple sight words. Twitter should not be used as a meter of what's important, proper, or even popular. It's not like everybody and their mother is on twitter pontificating 24-7. We're a very vocal minority, but a minority none-the-less.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      I thought steve carrell and tina fey would have been good

      March 8, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  444. yellerdog

    Hathaway and Franco STUNK! If that is what is 'Hip and Cool' these days...to each his own.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      They did stink compared to the past hosts. Billy Crystals schtick got old just like everyone else. It's a long overrated show for movie snobs. What did you really expect. These two were trying to make boredom fun. If they did it naked, they'd get no better ratings. The Oscars sucks and will always get out pointed in the ratings like Jersey Shore and other stupid shows

      February 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • davetheneighbor

      Franco stunk. It's like he was too bored or stoned to even make the effort to read the teleleprompter. Nice eye contact with his co-host, too–not!

      February 28, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Franco was up there like he just discovered weed. The little insults he dished out weren't funny. Hathaway was sweet and looked great in all of her dresses but couldn't carry the load.

      What about Ben Stiller and a cute chick? Or Vince Vaughn with chicklet?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      I have personally never watched an Oscar show. I just think it's one big huge snob fest. I could never imagine playiing that game if I were in the industry. The awards almost never reflect what was actually sucessful with movie-goers. So, I actually get a laugh when a bad show ruins snobs' Monday.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Can any of these overrated as**ipes just say Thank You to "us" who buy their movies and get TFoff ?

      February 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • beach2you

      It was disappointing to see such a "lack" of enthusiasm by Franco to be there. Hathaway was charming.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • smh

      @Randy – Why should they thank us? We didn't help make the movies good, we just sat there like idiots and watched them.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      Hathaway was passable, Franco was a boatanchor.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aly

      Lean, just because something is successful, that doesn't mean it's good. And artless movies that manage to rake in the big bucks are already rewarded...BY RAKING IN THE BIG BUCKS The Oscars are intended to recognize art, which isn't to say there aren't movies that can't be successful and artful but there's some really great movies out there that don't bring in big audiences and still deserve recognition, and sometimes the Oscars help those movies find an audience.

      Next you'll be advocating for schools to remove classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Tom Sawyer and replace them with Twilight in the curriculum.

      February 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Angela

    I never watch the Oscars. It is close to 5 hours of television for very little payoff. I would rather go to bed early and read the winners and the best/worst dressed lists on the Internet the next day. Takes about 15 minutes and I don't have to spend all that time being bored!

    February 28, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • tstorm

      I couldn't imagine being SO BORED as to want to sit and watch such a stupid show in my free time!

      February 28, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ethan

      It's 3 hours and with DVR, it only takes about 2 if that. But was still not worth the time.

      February 28, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • JPX

      I'm with you, Angela, I never bother to sit through it. I'd rather read about the winners in a 3 sentence summary the next day than waste time watching the self-congratulatory, over-long spectacle. Whoe really cares?

      February 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ksoze

      @David – Thank you!!

      February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • derptard

      Yeah I never take the time to post a comment about things I don't care about, like your comment. I mean i just have so many better things to do than post negative comments, like posting comments on things I don't care about.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Who cares???? She's wearing a red dress, SO WHAT?!?!??! GET A LIFE !!!!!!

      February 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • mobrule

      5 hours? the show is STILL on. ratings will continue to drop until it's on tlc or some other loser network.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dez

      I agree, staying up to watch the oscars... a total waste of time. Wonna know whats sadder though, cnn's fascination with the red carpet and dresses and whos wearing what whos gown is better than the others... its really sad, with all thats happening in the world right now the oscars shouldnt be more than a one time story, tell us who won what and move on!! Afew days ago Lindsay Lohan was breaking news..... are you kidding me?!?! Come on CNN, its time you rose above tabloid material, don't you think?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      I go ay back to the Bob Hope days. No there was a host! Ann Hathaway would have been a flop at a four person dinner party.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      David Churner – such an excellent comment!

      February 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • D-Dubs

      The Oscars were terrible. I turned it off.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Emvaz

      ...Remind me again why we should care about what some brain-dead twitter follower says during the 'who's the biggest sellout' awards.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Ain't that the truth?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Yeah, what Ethan said. I Tivo-ed it and watched only what I was interested in. From a 3 hour, 10 min show, I watched 30 minutes.

      February 28, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Feel a little better about yourself now Jim?

      February 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      What amazes me is how many losers watch these award shows every year where celebrities and musicians pat themselves on the back. It seems a month can't go by without another award show to make keep these people thinking they are so important. People who watch these shows.... GET A LIFE!!!

      February 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Shirley

      I have a hard time with people who bash what people do when they haven't done it themselves.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      I agree completely. I never watch any awards shows. They are so boring! It's just a bunch of people in clothes that probably cost more than my monthly rent saying, "Oh, me? Really? Wow! I'm so shocked! Thank you!"

      Then they rattle off the names of 200 people, only about 5 of whom we actually have heard of.

      WHO CARES?

      Maybe in the 1950s people cared to watch such drivel, but these days we want actual entertainment.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu

      Back in 1983 or so, the Oscars had the brilliant idea of going up against the NCAA basketball finals on Monday night. Notice that hasn't happened since.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      David Churner to host next year's Oscars.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Yep, there was 30 minutes of a used up NCIS that I watched, then turned to the Oscars, turned back to the used NCIS after about 20 minutes.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • RKH 007

      I did my taxes while the show was on, that was fun.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Radi0j0hn

      Agreed. Libyan freedom fighters are being bombed by their air force and we have huge spread on this nonsense? We should be ashamed. We are looking very much like dumb, fat, detached Americans.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful

      Beautiful name Angela...guess what my name is.

      I couldn't agree more. The best and worst dress is the only part of it I engage in. Okay, and it is nice to read who won...just the names not the whole article.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      This year and last year sucked.

      February 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      i've watched over 50 academy telecasts, never missed one. this is the worst show ever. ricky gervais is what they needed...

      February 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh C

      Ricky Gervais may not be a favorite of the smug celebs, but he is far more entertaining to us watchers. The Oscars was a complete snooze-fest!

      February 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cass

      I actually really liked the show. I think it was graet that the oscars was classy and not a roast!

      February 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mondo

      i think you could have put a coat rack with a sign that read james Franco hanging on it and put it next to Hathaway and it would have served the same purpose. was the guy hitting some pineapple express backstage or something?. i felt bad for Ann. i think she tried hard to cover for him.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JHALL

      I love how if the show sucks it is all the hosts fault. What about the writer's and the planner's of the actual event? Aren't they the most to blame? James Franco and Anne Hathaway aren't up there improving their own set. They are reading what has been written for them. I feel sorry for them. It is like with the advent of social networking you can say the meanest things about people just because they aren't entertaining you enough. The fact is half of you would never say these things to their faces. It is just cyber-gossip and it makes me sad that people can get so upset over hosts of the oscars. There is a simple solution to this....Don't watch the show!!!!!

      February 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Churner, David

      So many mentions of my name, and it seems like this is my first post in this thread. It's almost as if I was here before and all traces of my visit have been wiped away. Very strange, very strange...

      February 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patti Mich

      I liked the show. I always watch the Oscars. I think folks are being to hard on the more youthful duo. I love Ann Hathaway and thought she did a great job. Lots of glamour and pizzaze. James Franco on the other hand seemed bored. Not really into the whole thing. Great smile though. Not so awful to look at. I thought with the fact that no musicals were nominated led to a lack of good materal to feed from and create a better show. Don't you? I thought the whole point was to appeal to a younger audience, which was not the tradition of this show as a whole. So, was it really the fault of the people chosen for the job? Good material is everything!

      February 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SSampson

      I'd rather poke out my eyes with knitting needles than watch a bunch of people get together and pat themselves on the back. If THEY want to get together and have a big party – OK – so what – but to actually put the thing on TV for people to watch is more than a bit arrogant...

      We sepnd enough paying for these people for what little they do – and every year we need to be reminded that somehow they are important?? let alone significant???

      Sorry, but this accidental click gets an intentional rant.... I will now go and watch paint dry

      February 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aj

      Yeah because reruns of some method based crime show, crappy reality shows that have been done to death, or two and a half men would have been sooo much better.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeBrun-Jackson

      I don't think the comments are being fair to the two actors agreed to host. They never claimed to be comedians. Being an improv comedian is an art and I don't think anyone appreciates that talent or the two actors that are taking the heat right now.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • missalex

      I have never watched it and never will, but I know all about it cause its the only news in town...behind charlie sheen. Any news on capturing the taliban...you know that group that attacked us.....more than once? But its always better to know this nonsense....yeah right.

      February 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Okay, but for all the bashing, remember when Whoopi did it? Even WORSE!

      February 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      What are you kidding? You don't bow down in reverrence to Hollywood's self-agrandizement? If you had, you would have learned that Hollywood has ended racism, saved trapped spelunkers, and is primarily responsible for Allied Victory in WW2... according to Hollywood, that is.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      @Liz... agreed. Whoopi was the absolute WORST. It's nice to know that she's been a "functional" addict all these years though. Going out on a limb, maybe, possibly, if she wasn't zonked on drugs to begin with, her material might be better and she might lose the smugness. I'm just sayin.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rudy

      Exactly what I do. Reading all the wards the next day much better.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      ALL of you living in a glass house please cast the 1st stone! I'd give any of you commenting on last nights' oscars 5 mins in front of millions of people watching LIVE and see how well you do. EVERYONE is so quick to bash others in our so-called free society. It's no wonder we're going out ass backwards.

      Thanks James and Anne for managing one of the toughest gigs out there with style and grace!

      February 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Did not watch, read a book and listened to music. More fun and was not bored by the show. Better luck next year. 🙁

      February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • baconator

      wassup add me on ps3 bigg_boi_96

      February 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha Stewart

      Good God, what a bunch of whiny, obnoxious, self-absorbed, preening idiots. And no, I'm not talking about the Oscars. I'm talking about the ranting idiots in this thread who think they're special, precious, and rugged individualists who absolutely MUST let the entire world know that a) they didn't watch the show, b) they don't care, c) the Oscars are stupid, d) they shouldn't be forced to watch the show because that makes Hollywood narcissistic, e) clothes are expensive, and f) how DARE they spend all of that money that we were forced to give them just to watch their crappy movies which suck just like all of the other movies when there are Libyan single mothers being bombed at their seven jobs and reviewers are stupid and ten to twenty variations on the phrase "pat themselves on the back." Right. Because people in the entertainment industry celebrating the best in their field and using up three hours on ONE channel for ONE night of the year is just stupid and a waste of time, but one whiny idiot on the internet saying "Hollywood SUCKS!" and 499 twits stumbling over themselves to out-agree with him is an intelligent and beneficial use of the most powerful communications tool in the history of mankind. You're idiots and the collective IQ of the internet goes down every time you post. Go read some vintage, leather-bound, author-signed volumes of Proust and leave the internet to us, the sordid dregs of society. Twits.

      February 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • MattinDC

      Oscars = Way OVERRATED! I watchced Edge of Darkness on Cinemax. That was bad too!
      I NEVER pay to go to a movie so why watch the dumb Oscars.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ralph

      I actually enjoy this show. I love seeing the opening act – this year's was clever but not that great. Billy Crystal always did a bang up job. I love hearing the speeches and seeing who is there. This year's show was a snoozer for sure. We all knew who were going to win and it was just not entertaining. However, I can see why people like it or don't like it.

      February 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christina

      My thoughts on this incident & the fashion on the Red Carpet:

      February 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |

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