The Oscars have lined up two in-demand actors to take on hosting duties for the next telecast. Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been confirmed as co-hosts for the upcoming 2011 broadcast of the Oscars, set to take place February 27th at Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
The official word came from producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer in a statement providing the reasons why the hosts were chosen;
“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 February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that”.
Strangely enough, Franco could possibly be up for an Academy Award that very evening. Insider word is buzzing about Franco’s performance in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours and has tipped him for a possible ‘Best Actor’ nomination.
“And the Oscar goes to … ME!”
The choice of co-hosts is certainly one that leaves a lot of questions (they couldn’t go classic? Billy Crystal? Steve Martin?), but not surprisingly, the choice of Hathaway and Franco are not the weirdest the Oscars have ever picked.
NYMag.com have an interesting story about some of the most ridiculous hosts of Academy Awards history, including Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan, Donald Duck, years where there were no hosts, and one year where they decided to have six! (1959).