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James Franco and Anne Hathaway Oscar Hosting Review

Anne Hathaway and James Franco as Oscar Hosts: Nailed It or Missed the Mark?

Oscar night is all wrapped up and the winners have gone home with their statues, but the performances I want to review now are that of the hosts. James Franco and Anne Hathaway brought their youthful energy to the Academy Awards stage, and with an arsenal of friendly banter and movie jokes, they seemed eager to please (if a little nervous) but they were definitely fun to watch. You guys thought the pairing was a bit random when it was first announced, and after a series of cute promos to warm us all up, they had the chance to prove themselves on Hollywood's biggest night.

I was definitely entertained by the couple (especially Hathaway's song routine and the killer opening montage), but Franco was a little stiff. He had some great one liners ("Congratulations nerds" comes to mind), but overall it seemed like Anne felt more comfortable in the spotlight. What say you — did you think that Franco and Hathaway got it right?

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pinklavender pinklavender 4 years
i watched the oscars last night. i loved anne hathaway. she was gorgeous, bubbly and charming. on james franco, sorry i didn't like his hosting. he was stiff unlike anne who was lively. it would have been better if jake gylenhaal was anne's co host that evening. they have great chemistry and surely they would blend well as hosts.
ktc71 ktc71 4 years
Seeing Billy Crystal back on the Oscar stage really made me miss him. He should really host again.
ktc71 ktc71 4 years
Seeing Billy Crystal back on the Oscar stage really made me miss him. He should really host again.
jenwils jenwils 4 years
I agree w #4 that Franco was high. On something. He was surly to the Vanity Fair correspondent who interviewed him before the show. AWKWARD. Anne was good but the constant giggling was annoying.
secondstar secondstar 4 years
I actually really liked it. I'm a big fan of both Anne and James, and they both performed exactly as I expected. If Franco had been all enthusiastic and pulled together it would have been a shock.
KrisB KrisB 4 years
Anne put in a decent effort. James didn't seem to try at all. I think they bombed. Stop trying to reach a younger demographic and just get someone who knows how to entertain an audience. Billy Crystal and Krik Douglas stole the show in their brief appearances.
likethedirection likethedirection 4 years
I loved Anne Hathaway. I thought she could've hosted alone. James Franco was so disappointing.
zeze zeze 4 years
Anne Hathaway renewed my girl crush on her...she is so refreshingly real and unrehearsed even when she's rehearsed and rehearsed... reminded me of Sandra Bullock.Franco,,,yup, definitely the word stoner comes to mind.
zeze zeze 4 years
Anne Hathaway renewed my girl crush on her...she is so refreshingly real and unrehearsed even when she's rehearsed and rehearsed... reminded me of Sandra Bullock. Franco,,,yup, definitely the word stoner comes to mind.
stephley stephley 4 years
It was miserably dull but that's what the producers wanted. Hathaway said in an interview last week that when they were approached to host, everything was laid out already - they were just there to perform. I don't blame Franco for phoning it in and I appreciate Hathaway's enthusiasm - it was a corporate dream.
redchick152 redchick152 4 years
It wasn't great, but it wasn't a complete bomb either. Other than one-liners, James Franco was pretty terrible. Pretty sure he was stoned. Anne seemed genuinely excited to be hosting and to give it her all, so I appreciated that. I actually thought her little shout outs to Hugh Jackman were pretty funny. I wanted him to get on stage so badly!! I do think she was overcompensating for James' awkwardness though. I can't remember, but has Ellen hosted the Oscars before? I know she's done other shows. Either way, I agree....she's a great host. Get her or have Billy Crystal do it again next year.
redchick152 redchick152 4 years
It wasn't great, but it wasn't a complete bomb either. Other than one-liners, James Franco was pretty terrible. Pretty sure he was stoned. Anne seemed genuinely excited to be hosting and to give it her all, so I appreciated that. I actually thought her little shout outs to Hugh Jackman were pretty funny. I wanted him to get on stage so badly!! I do think she was overcompensating for James' awkwardness though. I can't remember, but has Ellen hosted the Oscars before? I know she's done other shows. Either way, I agree....she's a great host. Get her or have Billy Crystal do it again next year.
larisa5656 larisa5656 4 years
I think we have to give Anne Hathaway credit for trying; she was definitely the livelier of the two hosts. James Franco just seemed stoned however.I think I'm going to start a Facebook campaign to have Billy Crystal host next year. Who will join me? It certainly worked for Betty White and SNL.
larisa5656 larisa5656 4 years
I think we have to give Anne Hathaway credit for trying; she was definitely the livelier of the two hosts. James Franco just seemed stoned however. I think I'm going to start a Facebook campaign to have Billy Crystal host next year. Who will join me? It certainly worked for Betty White and SNL.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 4 years
As usual, the ceremony was overly and tediously long, but I don't think that was really their fault; in general, I thought they did a pretty good job and avoided too many of the awful jokes that the comedian hosts usually throw out and that usually result in the most obvious forced smiles and awkward silences. (Although having said that about the comedians, I think Ellen Degeneres makes a great host - funny without being crude or cruel). It was a long time to try to carry the crowd and I agree that I think Anne took most of the load, but it still seems a smart choice to me, aiming, as they said themselves, for the younger demographic.
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