James Franco and Anne Hathaway Break Oscar Age Barrier
Even added together, the ages of Feb. 27 Oscar broadcast hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway (32 and 28) will be younger than plenty of Oscar voters, and if past hosts Steve Martin and Billy Crystal had come back to host it together, their act could've been called 127 Years.
Nobody seems anything but delighted by the new-blood infusion, and the duo's improv skills seem just what the show needs.
And so what if Franco is a frontrunner for best actor for 127 Hours and Hathaway, who Jeff Wells said "sounds like the first strong contender for a 2010 best actress Oscar" in August, no longer sounds strong at all? The woman is fast and funny on her feet, as proven by the brutal boot camp of SNL, and so is Franco.
In a race that was starting to feel predictable, this shakeup is just what everyone needed.
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Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, is one of the entertainment industry's most experienced and trusted experts about the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. He started on the awards beat in 2001, writing for independent websites including his own ScottFeinberg.com before joining the Los Angeles Times and then THR, for which he writes “The Race” blog, which won the LA Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Award for best entertainment blog of 2012-2013. A voting member of both the Broadcast Film Critics' Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, he is also writing a book about film history for young people for which he has interviewed more than 500 high-profile Hollywood figures whose careers span the silent era through the present.
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