James Franco and Anne Hathaway: Great Oscar Hosts?

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I was just on Judith Regan's show on Sirius radio when my husbear Bruce Vilanch phoned in and revealed that he'll again be writing the jokes for the Oscar telecast.

Vilanch said he recently met with first-time hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway to see how to optimize their presence on the show, "because they're not standup comics and they're not Hugh Jackman--though they both have talent in that area."

"They're both good looking," interjected Regan, and everyone in the studio lit up with agreement and cheered.

Will they be amazing enough to host?

What would you like to see them do beyond just standing there and looking attractive?



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Tarden Brandicoot
Tarden Brandicoot

The Oscars won't get a ratings nump even if they promise live Franco-Hathaway ATM.

Felix
Felix

I want to see James Franco take off all his cloths!

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I say bring back Bette Midler....when she hosted, no one DARED leave their seats!

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Really Michael -- do you think the Bruce Vilanch brand of humor is a good fit for either Franco (maybe, if he gays it up) or Hathaway? I can't see Hathaway hosting a beauty pageant.

For those who think this pairing is on track I say, 'Right -- Amtrack, and Dave Letterman is the rail-switcher."

Jonster
Jonster

Hmmmm, well, I'm waiting to see Franco's take on Sal Mineo biopic. After reading the Mineo book, it looks like a good, um, fit for him.

rolph
rolph

Highly doubtful Hathaway will be nominated.

Gregorama
Gregorama

As both of them are likely nominees---and possible winners---I think this sets a weird precedent and runs the risk of turning into the "Francoway/Hollywood Love-Fest". Not sure why, but it seems a little creepy and desperate...

Pete
Pete

Hmmm... I agree! They are so good-looking, they probably could just stand there smiling while the lights, cameras and production crew do the rest of the magic... but that's hardly fair, beyond looking great both of them have a whole lotta talent, for acting and especially comedy where their instant "likeability" (like Sarah Silverman) gives them a lot of leeway getting away with delivering "outrageous" lines. In Bruce Vilanch's hands this is gonna be SOLID GOLD! :)

bland hollywood
bland hollywood

OMG...and britney spears is, like, so wow, don't hate...and where's paris hilton, she is sooo cool!

Kimberly Davis
Kimberly Davis

Looking forward to Ricky Gervais...these hosts will be a nightmare...hopefully BV can do something with them...

David Ehrenstein
David Ehrenstein

Franco is anything but bland. I first spotted him as Neve Campbell's love interest in Altman's "The Company" (a REAL ballet movie rather than that "Black Showgirls Swan" trash) He was perfect as Sean Penn's love interest in "Milk" and more recently played Allen gisnberg in "Howl" where he was Aaron Tvet's love interest. IOW he's world premiere openly gay straight man. Love him to teeny little bits!

Anne Hathaway is enchanting, and it'll be great fun to see the outfits Rachel Zoe is -- even as I post -- planning for her to wear.

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

Well you weren't paying attention, because his first fine work was as James Dean in a TV biopic. He didn't have a hint of the pretension (on screen) that you see in "Howl." His other best work was as the uber stoner opposite Seth Rogan. He wasn't bad in "Milk," but so far his low brow stuff has been his best.

Blandhollywood
Blandhollywood

wow...a neve cambell AND robert altman movie....! gee willickers.

"anne hathaway is enchanting" ...hahahahahaha

Kimberley
Kimberley

Congratulations, you can't spell. Judge other people when you educate yourself in writing and punctuation.

People can moan all they like, it's obvious that James Franco has worked his butt off to be where he is. Yet you say their bland, whilst supporting people like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears who influence 10 year olds to think and do what they do. Nice.

When Seth Rogen and James Franco presented an award, whether it was written for them or not, I was in stitches.

bland hollywood
bland hollywood

hardee har har...learn somethin bout sarcasm, AND PAST HOLLYWOOD, kim....or do you force your friends to call you kimberley?

bland hollywood
bland hollywood

the bland leading the bland....proud to say I never heard of james franco before, and only know that anne hathaway got blown off the screen by meryl streep in that PRADA movie.

rolph
rolph

Just standing there is OK with me.

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