Anne Hathaway shines as Academy Awards host; James Franco, not so much

James Franco and Anne Hathaway - Academy Awards Hosts

By Kim Palacios Though James Franco and Anne Hathaway were billed as co-hosts of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, it was commonly implied that Hathaway played second fiddle. As the youngest host in Academy Awards history, one of few women, and an actor who had no nominations this year, it seemed that Franco was viewed as the bigger star.

Yet, it was Hathaway—not Franco—who shined on the live telecast, who came off as more vivacious and better-suited to the awards show brand of comedy. In contrast, Franco’s deadpan humor and subdued body language made the host come off as bored.

Was it the writing? Perhaps. Franco was certainly just reading his lines. Yet, the lack of chemistry between the hosts reflected the most poorly on him. Despite Franco’s lackluster performance, the night was a clear win for Hathaway who, despite her age, proved she could hold her own.

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One Comment

  • OST
    February 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    They were okay- I liked the opening sequence. They weren’t terrible, but not great either.

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