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Old 11-29-10, 11:28 PM
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Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

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In its attempt to lure younger viewers, the film academy forgoes a comedian host in favor of two actors with 'Saturday Night Live' credentials.

If it's good enough for "Saturday Night Live," it's good enough for … the Academy Awards?

That's the hope, anyway, of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which announced Monday that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be co-hosting the 83rd Academy Awards. With respective ages of 32 and 28, the two actors are among the youngest hosts for the iconic award show. While both are accomplished, adventurous and well-regarded actors, their primary job qualification for hosting a live variety show is their experience toplining "SNL."

"We're not going to require them to perform six to eight skits playing different characters live in front of an audience, but if you can handle 'Saturday Night Live,' then that's a great indication of your readiness as an Oscar host," says Bruce Cohen, co-producer with Don Mischer of the show, which will air Feb. 27.

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Don't see why it really matters. Besides the opening comedy bits, its not like the hosts need to be funny. They just say what award is coming up next.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Pretty odd pair for the Academy Awards, but they are probably looking to get younger viewers to tune in.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

I hope that Franco brings Komiko-tan with him...
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

I like both Franco and Hathaway a lot, but the thought is already making me snooze.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Eh, doesn't really matter who hosts anyway and I like both Franco and Hathaway. Although it would be weird if either one won an award that night.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
Eh, doesn't really matter who hosts anyway and I like both Franco and Hathaway. Although it would be weird if either one won an award that night.
I predict that they will both be nominees.

Him for the chop-off-his-own-arm movie
and
Her for the naked movie just out with her and Jake Gyllwhatever.
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I predict that they will both be nominees.

Him for the chop-off-his-own-arm movie
and
Her for the naked movie just out with her and Jake Gyllwhatever.
Sounds like that was part of the deal.
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Originally Posted by MrSmearkase View Post
Pretty odd pair for the Academy Awards, but they are probably looking to get younger viewers to tune in.
I guess adding more Best Picture nominees wasn't enough.

They should get Craig Ferguson to host.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Now if Franco were in character as Saul Silver, it would automatically be the best Oscars ever.
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Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
They should get Craig Ferguson to host.
"And the nominees for Best Actor in a Supporting Role are...

Spoiler:
in your pants!"
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

From General Hospital to the Oscars. Way to go Franco.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Did the writer of that article get paid per mention of SNL?
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Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
Did the writer of that article get paid per mention of SNL?
Seriously. When I heard this news that's the last thing I thought of.

And what were Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin's qualifications? Hosting SNL? What a dumb quote.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

You want to know how to attract younger viewers? Dont have a typical awards show.. Unless theyre going to adopt the MTV movie awards style, I dont care if they put Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus up there, younger viewers arent going to watch, and youve already alienated your core audience.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Over/under on the number of...

...nudity jokes? I say there will be ten.

...amputation jokes? Five

...jokes about the youth of the hosts? Two

...soap opera jokes? One.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Originally Posted by FantasticVSDoom View Post
You want to know how to attract younger viewers? Dont have a typical awards show.. Unless theyre going to adopt the MTV movie awards style, I dont care if they put Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus up there, younger viewers arent going to watch, and youve already alienated your core audience.
Maybe they should dump slime on Dame Judi Dench or something.

Originally Posted by wm lopez
Sounds like that was part of the deal.
Yep, that's what I was thinking.

Originally Posted by majorjoe23
Did the writer of that article get paid per mention of SNL?
Because hosting SNL is such an elite group. By their logic, Ashton Kutcher and Nancy Kerrigan also qualify to host the Oscars.

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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

If they really want ratings up:

- 2 hours long (less would be better but I'm being realistic)
- Best Actor/Actress. Best Director, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actors, Best Special Effects, Best Composer, In Memorium and only an opening video and a monologue from the host
- One "special" performance - for example, I thought the "choir that did all the foley sounds" from a few years ago was neat. Something creative like that.

THAT'S IT.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Wrong again, Draven! The winner of "Best Short Documentary" deserves a world-wide audience so he or she can drone on for several minutes about how the Holocaust was bad.
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Originally Posted by Sonny Corinthos View Post
From General Hospital to the Oscars. Way to go Franco.
Maybe Jason and Sonny will finally take him out now that they know where he's going to be.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
Wrong again, Draven! The winner of "Best Short Documentary" deserves a world-wide audience so he or she can drone on for several minutes about how the Holocaust was bad.
I always consider those the "let's pretend like we give a shit about art" moments of the show.
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

The only time the short film awards have been interesting was the year that Cletus VanDamme ended up on stage.
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Originally Posted by Drexl View Post
They should get Craig Ferguson to host.
Or better yet, Geoff Peterson
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Re: Oscar telecast takes the 'SNL' route with James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Maybe they should institute a system where the best actor and actress from the previous year host the show. That would be interesting.

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