In a press release sent out by the Academy [via Deadline] it was confirmed that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the 83rd Academy Awards, set to be broadcast on February 27, 2011.
Producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said “James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world”. This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedians Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, who did a fine job, but over recent shows the producers have been trying different things each year remember Hugh Jackman’s one man show in 2009. Two young good looking hosts will bring something different into the mix, whether it’s an improvement or not. Comedians always seem to work best at this type of thing. There has been talk of a “conflict of interest” regarding Franco as he may be a Best Actor contender for 127 Hours, and seeing the host accept the big award may look a tad suspicious and unfair. Nominations won’t be revealed until for another month or two yet, so nobody has to worry about that for now. As for Hathaway, she seems friendly with whoever makes the show as she performed a duet with Hugh Jackman in 2009 and co-announced the nominations earlier this year. Someone behind the scenes has obviously taken a shine to her, and now she’s co-hosting the big event.