Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Anne Hathaway Made Last Minute Decision to Co-Host Oscars


Here’s a little more info on new Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

Hathaway told me last night at the Gotham Awards that she literally agreed to be co-host on Sunday night. “It’s a big responsibility,” she told me. “I’m not even sure what it means yet.” She also hasn’t discussed with the producers whether or not she’ll sing, although she definitely wants to. It seems like a natural plan: Hathaway has a terrific voice.

Franco, she says, was already willing and able to do the job.

From what sources say, Franco’s role in this came about because of his relationship with this year’s Oscar producer, Bruce Cohen. Cohen produced “Milk,” in which Franco co-starred with Sean Penn. That’s how Cohen made the connection. So far this year Franco has starred in two important movies, published a book of short stories, shot documentaries and is now shooting a feature film, curated a downtown New York art show, guest starred on “General Hospital,” finished graduate work at Columbia and NYU, and commenced post-graduate work at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Co-hosting the Oscars shouldn’t be a problem!

Another source says that Cohen’s plan is to have the pair of actors do less ‘hosting’ and more sort of ‘introducing.’ “It’s supposed to hearken back to the Oscars of the 1950s.”

Roger Friedman
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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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