What direction are the Academy Awards going in? Down. Even though the official announcement is yet to be made, it has been leaked that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be hosting this year’s Oscars on February 27th 2011. This marks the second year in a row that the hosting duties will be shared. Last year a couple of nobodies named Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin somehow managed to do an awesome job hosting the show, but move over you has-beens, the Academy Awards are bringing in two hip, cool, multi-dimensional people to alienate all but nine percent of the viewing audience, Franco and Hathaway.
This is the equivalent of the producers of The Itchy and Scratchy show bringing in Poochie the Dog to keep things fresh on The Simpsons. What the hell are they thinking? Can you imagine those two introducing actual award winners to open the envelopes this year? They’re going to be upstaged by everybody. Can’t wait to feel the gravitas they’ll bring to the In Memorium tribute to all the stars we lost this last year.
Actually, I have nothing against James Franco, that guy is actually cool. He’s casual, funny, and a good actor. 127 Hours was great. He strikes me like he’s got Rat Pack cool. Confidence. Hathaway on the other hand? I was listening to her on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday afternoon and she had absolutely nothing to offer. She spent five minutes trying to justify taking her clothes off in every movie since The Princess Diaries and the rest of the time blowing smoke about how great all her co-stars are in some completely ignored art house junk.
The Academy Awards are my Christmas in February, better than my birthday. Why, why, why was Anne Hathaway invited to the party? And the winner is…not anyone watching the Academy Awards this coming February. Man, why did they do this? For me, you have to earn the Academy Awards.