James Franco and Anne Hathaway Named Oscar Co-Hosts

Posted on November 29, 2010, 1:24 PM

Stepping into big shoes left by previous hosts, the actors prepare for what could be the biggest roles of their careers

James Franco and Anne Hathaway Named Oscar Co-Hosts

Academy Awards producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today that Hollywood's most anticipated and prestigious awards telecast, the Oscars, would be co-hosted by two actors from the under-35 glitterati crowd: James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Both are promising young A-listers – Hathaway scored an Oscar nomination for her role in "Rachel Getting Married" and Franco served up a riveting performance in this year's "127 Hours." They have that special something producers were looking for to make the February 27th telecast entertaining, relevant and appealing to a more broad (read: younger) audience.

"What we have here are two really emerging talents who are very respected and are going to have, I think, magnificent careers," Mischer told AP. "They deserve to be there, they've got the chops to be there, they want to be there, and I think that's going to make the audience really relate to them."

Plus, they're funny. Franco was great as the loveable stoner in "Pineapple Express" and Hathaway was perfectly clumsy in "The Devil Wears Prada." And, of course, they've both nailed their "Saturday Night Live" hosting gigs and they aren't too hard on the eyes either. Franco has an avid fan base and Hathaway's natural beauty has long been heralded.

"What we do know is they both have a great sense of humor and a great sense of comedy," Mischer continued.

Indeed, but in light of past hosts (Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Johnny Carson) do you think Cohen and Mischer made the right choice plucking these young stars for Hollywood's biggest telecast? Who would you pick?

-- Sarah McClure

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