The Report: Oscar Places a Big Bet on Youth

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Anne Hathaway and James Franco are the youngest-ever hosts for the Academy Awards telecast.

Academy Award producers have entrusted the broadcast to James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the youngest hosting team ever.

At age 83, Oscar may be getting on in years, but as if to compensate, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer have entrusted the broadcast to James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the youngest hosting team ever.

Hathaway, in fact, becomes the youngest individual performer to host — at 28, she’ll be a few months younger than the previous record holder, Donald O’Connor, who, hot off the success of Singin’ in the Rain, co-hosted the 1954 show with the far more august Fredric March. Franco is 32, but being a Yale student, he still comes across as youthful.

The show’s producers insist the choice was less about chasing young demos than it is a way for them to present movies through new eyes. “We’ll be celebrating the great films of the year, but we’ll also be making references to some of the great films of the past,” Mischer says. “But to do that through the eyes of two young actors who are emerging as major talents in film — we felt that was a great way to go.”

 

 

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