6 Oscar Hosts That Would've Been Better Than James Franco and Anne Hathaway

This is not a joke post.
I mean, I could just list ten farm animals or dead people and the list would be pretty accurate, but I'm actually going to try to help the Academy Awards people recover from the failed Franco/Hathaway experiment.
Who thought this was a good idea?  Anne Hathaway was basically new school Julia Roberts, hopping about, mugging, begging folks to like her.  James Franco, well, some people say he was stoned, but I think he was sobered by the notion that all the good will he'd built up over the last few years by being awesome was melting away over the course of 3+ long hours.
Here's a list of folks the Academy should think about for next year:

Who should host next year's awards?  Who in "young Hollywood" could handle the job?  Should they even bother pandering to the youngsters with their hippin' and their hoppin' and their bippin' and their boppin'?  Yes, I just went full Bill Cosby on this post.



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  • I think Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon make a great team and would be hysterical and hip.

  • In reply to bethprystowsky:

    I thought about putting them together in this list. I loved them on Weekend Update together.

  • In reply to bethprystowsky:

    Franco looked stoned "F."
    Hathaway had energy and tried "B"
    It was pandering to the younger demo. They even joked about it.
    No host. Announcer and move the stuff along.
    They had the two come out to introduce someone to introduce someone else!
    Even on TIVO it was hard to watch.

  • In reply to DavidWallach:

    They would've been so much better off if they had just merely come out and announced the presenters. No singing, no "banter.

    My favorite moment of the night was when Franco and Hathaway came out to introduce someone (Annette Bening maybe?) who only came out to introduce Kathryn Bigelow. WTF?

  • In reply to DavidWallach:

    Why isn't NPH on that list, woman!?! ;)

    And perhaps they should also consider Bobo, my pet rock from kindergarten, as he would be more hilarious than Franco and Hathaway.

  • In reply to RunningJayhawk:

    Well, the list isn't "comprehensive." I just wanted to get the ball rolling. (Read: I totally forgot about NPH.)

  • In reply to RunningJayhawk:

    Only SIX? How about, "most anyone else on the planet."

  • In reply to Jules:

    True words.

  • In reply to RunningJayhawk:

    I would LOVE Tina Fey to do it! They never have really funny women host. Remember when Whoopie did it? It was weird, but a million times better than last night.

    BTW did you read that James Franco was on a plane back to NYC a few hours after the Oscars. I'd probably flee too...

  • In reply to AndreaCordts:

    I read a good comment on Whoopi as host today. When you get someone like Whoopi up there, the expectations are lowered because you expect and accept the schlocky humor. She might be a safe choice for the Oscars next year.

  • In reply to RunningJayhawk:

    My dead grandmother would have given Franco a run for his money. I can't remember when I've seen such a poor host on the Academy Awards? I thought Hathaway was pretty good, with lots of energy, but she couldn't make up for Franco's corspe-like appearance.

  • In reply to bwana01:

    Honestly, I don't know why people are so surprised that Franco was a statue up there. He is not known for his enthusiastic personality.

  • In reply to bwana01:

    I have one more suggestion to add (along the 'Soupy" lines of Joel McHale). What about Greg Kinnear? He's a respected actor, and he knows how to read a joke. If the jokes are good ones. Which brings me back to why the Oscars need to hire some fresh blood as joke writers (Donald Glover, people. Donald Glover).

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