Monday, June 17, 2024

New Oscar Hosts: Confirmed–James Franco and Anne Hathaway


Reported as gossip this morning elsewhere, but I’ve confirmed it: James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the Oscars on February 27th on ABC.

The announcement comes at 1pm Eastern from the Academy.

The Academy wanted youth and ratings. This might be a great idea. Seeing Hathaway on “Saturday Night Live” probably sold them. She can sing like crazy and do comedy. Her parody of Katie Holmes on SNL was brilliant.

Franco will be suave and look the part of a swell young guy. He’s also very funny.

He’s also going to be a nominee for Best Actor in “127 Hours.” That should make the night very interesting. And of course–most actors would cut off their right arms to be the host of the Academy Awards.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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