James Franco And Anne Hathaway Are Hosting The Academy Awards

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It’s confirmed! Those precocious Hollywood heartthrobs James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be hosting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards this February. But will they be able to trump the smoldering sexual chemistry of  last years hosts, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin? That is the question. Variety is reporting that both young stars have signed on for hosting duties, and that a formal announcement could be made as soon as this week.

Anne got her Oscar shoes wet two years ago, when she performed in an opening musical number with host Hugh Jackman. And James Franco probably has a Ph. D in award show hosting or something. Although it seems like a pretty cool choice, it looks like they may be too qualified to host this year. Both actors are potential Oscar nominees for their respective roles in 127 Hours and Love and Other Drugs. If they get the nod, there is a chance that they will back out.

The Oscars seem to be taking a page from the Super Bowl Halftime playbook by booking much younger and hipper stars to try to improve ratings. And they couldn’t have picked a better duo; just this week Pace University faced a record number of applicants who wanted to get attend a taping of James Franco’s appearance on Inside The Actor’s Studio. And Anne Hathaway is hot off of hosting the best episode of Saturday Night Live so far this season. Will she get to do her hilarious Katie Holmes impression in front of the lady herself? Or will Tom Cruise not be letting her out of the compound that night?

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