Actors James Franco (Spiderman, Pineapple Express General Hospital) and Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart) have been announced as the next hosts of the Academy Awards.
Oscars producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have 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 on February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”
While neither has the track record of hosting usually associated with comedy performers, both have been deemed successful hosts of Saturday Night Live.
But the move is no doubt part of the event’s desire to keep attracting younger viewers.
The Oscars should be airing on Nine next year, hopefully live once again, as well as on StarPics.