James Franco & Anne Hathaway Hosting The 2011 Oscars

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:14 am,

No over-40 comedian will get to monologue about Meryl Streep’s gazillion award nominations or George Clooney’s quest to win a naked golden man statuette for Best Acting at the 2011 Oscars ceremony. This year the hosting duties fall on two younger thespians whose standing with critics is on the rise.

Actor James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway have been officially confirmed to host the 83rd Annual Academy-Awards ceremony, which will take place on the evening of February 27th, 2011.

Comedians like Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jon Stewart have hosted Oscar ceremonies in the past, and last year Martin teamed up with Alec Baldwin for the famed awards show, which has seen its ratings dwindle over the last decade or so. Academy president Tom Sherak – who confirmed the news about Franco and Hathaway leading this year’s Oscars ceremony to Deadline – is employing a different tactic this time around.

Franco is virtually a lock to receive a Best Actor nod for his turn as Aron Ralston in the intense, true-life pic 127 Hours (and rightly so, in our opinion). The 32-year old actor is a versatile performer who also appeared onscreen in this year’s Date Night and the semi-experimental indie flick Howl, so he’s done all right by himself over the past twelve months.

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James Franco as Aron Ralston in ’127 Hours’.

Hathaway has likewise become a more widely-respected Hollywood performer over the past several years. Gone are the days when her name was synonymous with kid-friendly fare like The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted. Now, the 28 year-old Hathaway has an Oscar-nomination on her resume (for her turn as a bitter, recovering drug addict in Rachel Getting Married), which also includes a supporting part in the Oscar-winner Brokeback Mountain and a well-received lead role in the more mainstream commercial hit, The Devil Wears Prada (we’ll pretend that Bride Wars never happened).

While Hathaway’s performance in last week’s release, the dramedy Love and Other Drugs, has been given a generally warm reception from critics, the actress is (for now) considered much more of a dark horse candidate to receive an Oscar nomination than Franco.

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Jake Gyllenhaal stars opposite Hathaway in ‘Love and Other Drugs’.

Both Franco and Hathaway are charismatic entertainers who are capable of deftly handling hosting duties at this year’s Oscar ceremony. Their selection does beg the question: Will the duo be able to keep their composure and keep the show rolling if one (or both) of them wins an award?

What do you make of all this?

Catch the 2011 Oscars on February 27, 2011.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I wish them luck.

  2. Couldn’t care less!
    Will not watch the Academy Awards ever again, since they decided to give Sandra Bullock best actress. Another year Meryl Streep was robbed!
    What will they do without her sat on the front row in Feb? I know I’m not alone with this.
    The Academy is an utter joke!

    • The Academy, their voters and the Oscars have become an absolute JOKE and SHAM!

  3. If this was meant to lure me into watching a show I wasn’t already going to watch, it failed.

    • Failed miserably actually! LOL

  4. How fun!
    And Anne Hathaway will be singing and dancing. For me.

  5. Wow why do people have so much hate for the Oscars? Just because you didn’t like who won? That’s not a very good reason.
    I for one WILL be watching and I think they’ll be great hosts. They should bring something new to the table and they’re both fairly funny as well.

    • Twisted it’s because they don’t give the oscars to the actual best film and the vast majority of people disagree. Also if you pay close attention you’ll notice the oscar always goes to 1 of 3 things. The plight of another country, a film about someone gay or a film about a mentally handicapped person. If it doens’t fit those categories it won’t win an oscar. Also 85 percent of the time it only goes to Indie films. I love indie films I really do usually there are some very good movies there, but rarely are they the best of the year and certainly it wouldn’t hurt for a movie that people actually saw to win an oscar.

      • Why do people always say that the best picture film is a film that no one saw? While last year’s Hurt Locker wasn’t a blockbuster like Avatar it made nearly $46 million in the US alone (that’s including DVD sales) and made another $30 million from the foreign markets.

        The year before that Slumdog Millionaire had a worldwide total of nearly $400 million with less than 40% of that comming from the US.

        The year before that No Country for Old Men grossed $75 million in the US for a worldwide total of $172 million.

        Lately, the best picture winners are films that have been leaving their mark at the box office, and this year doesn’t seem to be any diffent with likely nominees like Toy Story 3, Inception, The Social Network, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, and a few other films that are either blockbusters or look like they will be.

        I will say though that you are right on one thing though, the wrong films do tend to get awarded. But hey we as viewers can make up our mind as to who or what should have one an Oscar. It does feel special though when a film you love hets honored by the Academy.

        • INCEPTION was the best film of the year! End of debate!

          • 100% agreed.

            I couldn’t give a rats @$$ about the Oscars,but at least they didn’t decide to drag Billy Crystal back out there.

            He’s horrible in every way these days.

      • Yes sometimes the winners are absurd, but you never know what’ll happen this year. Maybe they’ll surprise us? I agree the academy definitely has biased taste, but it’s still fun to watch the show.

      • My mind immediately flashed to Tropic Thunder and Downey saying, “Yea, you went full retard.” Then going on to explain on to play a mentally handicap person in a film in order to win. Seriously think Tropic Thunder was overlooked.

  6. Not what I expected. But hey…as long as they are film actors, I have no problem with it. Anne’s gig, methinks came in part due to her improv moment w/ Hugh Jackman a few years back, but I could be wrong.

  7. I only watch them b/c of the hosts now. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were epic, and the opening by NPH was legendary last year.

  8. You really think James Franco deserves best actor?

    The movie wasn’t bad and it was even pretty good at times, but was held back in my opinion because of Franco who more often than not put ins a bad performance. On his best days he’s just ok. He’s best performances are in comedies. In serious roles his performance tends to be laughable and fairly monotone it always seems forced and never true to character. Half the time his acting is wooden or semi robotic.

    • Franco is a lock for a nomination, not to actually win.
      Everyone in the Hollywood community already knows that the best actor Oscar will go to Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech”. I can’t say which is better though since I have yet to see them both since they’re still in limited release.

    • Apperently you do since you replied back on two other posts and made one of your own.

      And despite the claims that they are losing viewers, The Academy Awards are still the number 1 most watched entertainment show thats not the super bowl and for the last two years ratings have increased, and from the looks of things ratings will go up again since both hosts have fanbases anf this year’s nominess for best pictures could all be blockbusters.

  9. I always watch the acadamy! Even if my choice doesnt win its still fun to watch :)

  10. Boo! Anne Hathaway seems to always hook up with grifters and never know that they are pulling scams.

    She is either a grifter or has perpetually very poor judgement.

    that she is rewarded with such a gig as the Oscars is a bit disappointing.

  11. lookin forward to this =)

  12. Hey, at least they are actors and not a past 40 years old comediant with meanless jokes. Y honestly hoped of Jackman repeating as a host, for he was great 2 ceremonies ago. It’s a shame they don’t have him back, I enjoyed that ceremony more than any other, with all the singing and dancing… we’ll se huw Franco and Hathaway do. But honestly, I’m quite a bit tired of Franco, for I’ve seen him a lot past year.