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Here's the Truth About James Franco and Anne Hathaway's Awkward Oscars Hosting Gig

4/15/2021 4:24:00 AM

Here's the Truth About James Franco and Anne Hathaway's Awkward Oscars Hosting Gig

In a new interview, writers of the 2011 Oscars look back at the disaster that was the pairing of Anne Hathaway and James Franco as hosts of Hollywood's most prestigious award ceremony.

?Perhaps not, because you may have voluntarily or involuntarily blocked that disastrous onstage pairing out of your mind. Producers hoped having the actors co-host Hollywood's most prestigious award show would entice a younger audience. But their performance was heavily criticized by viewers, notably due to the stars' lack of chemistry.

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"It was like the world's most uncomfortable blind date between the cool rocker stoner kid and the adorable theater camp cheerleader,"David WildThe Ringerin comments posted on Wednesday, April 14, a week and a half before the 2021 Oscars—which still has no host.

Wild recalled an awkward moment between the actors during rehearsal, saying, "Again, this is a memory, but [she] was like 'Maybe you should try that,' and he was like, 'Don't tell me how to be funny.'" Franco and Hathaway have not commented on his remarks. headtopics.com

Wild said there was one moment where he thought Franco and Hathaway had finally broken the ice, while watching surveillance footage ofThe Disaster Artistactor grinning at a person next to him."I thought, 'Oh boy, they've finally broken through and he's looking at her!'" he said, adding, "Anne had gone to her dressing room for a minute...James was smiling at her stand-in."

Truth be told, the 2011 Oscars could have been evenmoreawkward. Another show writer,Megan Amram, revealed that musical numbers were scrapped. She said both hosts were supposed to perform a parody of "You're the One That I Want" from Read more: E! News »

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