James Franco, Anne Hathaway to host Oscars
Looks as if Oscar is going for younger eyes in the new year: James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd Academy Awards, the show's producers said Monday.
"James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons -- fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on Feb. 27," said producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer. "We are completely thrilled."
The "Love & Other Drugs" actress, 28, was nominated for a 2009 Oscar and has appeared on the show five times. Golden Globe winner Franco, 32, recently lauded for "127 Hours," hasn't yet earned an Oscar nod, but has been on the show twice.
Both have also have hosted "Saturday Night Live," which might be good prep. With the exception of Hugh Jackman two shows back, the broadcast has stuck with primarily comedic types for quite a while, tapping the likes of Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and David Letterman in recent years -- with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin cohosting most recently.
Perhaps Franco will take a page from his recent, audience-thrilling "Inside the Actors Studio" appearance and stay an extra 90 minutes afterward to answer questions from students and fans and sign autographs? Probably not -- he and Hathaway will be expected at the Governors Ball.
The Academy Awards will be held once again at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Left photo: Anne Hathaway at the "Love & Other Drugs" premiere in downtown L.A. on Nov. 4. Credit: Credits: Fred Prouser / Reuters
Right photo: James Franco at the 15th annual GQ Men of the Year party in Hollywood on Nov. 17. left; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images