Were you watching the Oscars this year? More importantly, did you follow along on Twitter? This year, the balance of the micro-blogging was about hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway…and much of it wasn’t kind. Oh, there was no Ricky Gervais-style bashing to hate on. They were perfectly lovely to their fellow actors. Anne practically squeaked when she introduced Sandra Bullock. But did they really grab the “younger generation” as they mentioned more than once?
Yes…and no. They started off well with the montage of best picture films that they inserted themselves into. I’m not sure there is a way to make these things watchable unless you have hosts that are just so damn cute and adorable that you’re distracted by the desire to pinch their cheeks. Well, it worked.
For the most part, Hathaway remained cute and adorable. Franco? Well, he slid from cuddly to clumsy. I’m not going to accuse him of doing what everyone on Twitter said he was doing (something that would involve heavy eating at the after parties) and I’ll kindly say that he probably got nervous as we got closer to his award category. His jokes fell flat, including the disastrous piece about dirty movie titles. He stopped smiling and making eye contact. Franco’s eyes glazed over. By the time former Oscar host Billy Crystal took the stage, Twitter was begging him to take Franco’s place.
Hathaway gave us the prerequisite musical number, singing On My Own from Les Miserables and mocking Hugh Jackman for not doing a duet with her. She changed dresses a shocking number of times. I think she wore a blue cellophane dress (or a fruit roll up as my buddies on Twitter said). She giggled as she was hit on by Kirk Douglas. She danced in a brown duck dress. She seemed to get goofier as the night went on.
But here’s the thing. She was entertaining. She may have sounded like a whooping crane a few times, but she didn’t fall asleep like Franco did. My votes for next year? Hathaway and Sandra Bullock, who was hysterical and far more calm. Or pair her up with Kevin Pollak. I could watch him all day long.
So what did you think of this year’s hosts? Who are your favorites of all time? Let us know below. And of course, give us your take on the winners and losers. And the Academy leaving Corey Haim off the “In Memoriam” list.