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James Franco And Anne Hathaway Will Host The Academy Awards

James Franco, Anne HathawayLooks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying something new this year. Though the Academy Awards are usually hosted by a comedian—Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, and Jon Stewart have all had the honor, to name a few—this year, the ceremony will be headed by two people who identify first and foremost as actors: Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

In a press release, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer praise their hosts for being young and dynamic. “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 on February 27,” they said. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”

Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in Rachel Getting Married; Franco has not been nominated, though prognosticators predict he will probably get a nod this year for 127 Hours. If Hathaway is also recognized for Love and Other Drugs this year, it would mark the first time two nominees for that night’s awards hosted the telecast.

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