Poll: Were James Franco and Anne Hathaway the worst Oscars hosts?
James Franco and Anne Hathaway are being flogged and roasted so thoroughly for their performance as Oscar hosts that we wonder: Were they as bad as those ultimate fiascos -- David Letterman and Chris Rock?
Personally, I think the worst host choices were those rent-a-clowns brought in from New York: Letterman, Rock and Jon Stewart. They're all great comedians but miscast as emcees of Hollywood's family reunion. My favorite hosts: Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin (when not saddled with Alec Baldwin) because they know how to entertain with heart and humor and to preside with authority.
Let's look back at some of the clunkers who have hosted over the last 20 years. Personally, I think Hugh Jackman did a terrific job, but I'm including him on this list because I concede that there's some disagreement on that verdict. Blame Alec Baldwin for Steve Martin making this list. Martin isn't cited for his solo gigs, which were aces.
-- Tom O'Neil
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