Bonnie Says: Anne Hathaway & James Franco Totally Bombed At The Oscars! Bring Back Billy Crystal PLEASE!

Mon, February 28, 2011 10:35am EDT by 17 Comments

After their promising opening movie montage, it was off- the -cliff for this pair that both need to go back to their day jobs.

When I think of Anne Hathaway and James Franco‘s hosting gig at the 83rd annual Academy Awards, I can’t help but relate it to the group projects my kids do in school. Inevitably there is one over-achiever who does all the work, while the other partner totally slacks off. Anne certainly gave it the old college try — singing, dancing, dress – twirling and cheering it up. To Anne’s credit, it took a lot of guts to belt a Les Misérables-inspired number in front of all of Hollywood (and the world), but even her Broadway-worthy pipes weren’t enough to save the sinking Oscars ship.

But James on the other hand, barely bothered even showing up. He was so absent, I even wondered if the Academy had given him detention halfway through the program.

Rumors inevitably flew that glossy-eyed James was drunk and/or stoned. But regardless of what he was (or wasn’t) on, the fact is he had absolutely no faith in his own performance. Just watch this backstage video, below, that  James shot before the show, in which he tells fans “It might be bad. … It might be horrible.” Guess what James- you were right!

It was such a relief when eight times Oscar host Billy Crystal, showed  up two-thirds of the way through the show. Didn’t you just want him to stay or do a takeover? The audience was visibly relieved when Billy the Pro commandeered the stage and reminded us all of what a “real” Oscar host can do. His own lines were 100 times better than anything James and Anne mouthed off the teleprompter.

Even dead Bob Hope, was a relief. If I could have brought him back from the grave to shoo James and Anne away, I would have.

Whoever came up with the idea of pairing the zero-chemistry Anne and James needs to be pink-slipped immediately. Why they thought these Oscars amateurs would have brought in a younger demographic, I don’t know. Neither is THAT popular. If it was solely demographics, the Oscars was looking for, all they had to do was hand the hosting duties over to Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart. Hey,  just an appearance would have sufficed.

Listen next year Academy – get a pro. Billy, Alec Baldwin, John Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks  - someone that knows what they’re doing and can OWN that stage and our TV sets. Do not turn Oscars into amateur hour. Send James Franco back to that crevice and put a rock on it — at least for as long as the Oscar show lasts.

You agree, Hollywoodlifers?

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(While his future as an Oscars host may be bleak, his future as a fortune teller looks very promising.)

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carolyn

Posted at 12:30 PM on March 3, 2011  

I love both James and Anne, they are wonderful people, but the Oscars did not work for them. Anne tried, and has alot of personality, but James is well known for his endearing, mostly, shyness. As far as Rob & Kris doing better, they may have had better chemistry, if they allowed the world to see it beyond Twilight, But it is Rob with the halarious personality, yet he is shy too, and Kristen is too shy and does not have Rob’s wicked sense of humour or wit. Though i bet behind closed doors she is different. Rob adores her, whether as a friend or more, so i know she got something.I agree with “bring back Billy”, he seems to have what it takes to pull off a show that long, and stay funny, which is a tall task that no one has been able to acomplish since, though Hugh Jackman was pretty good. So do not feel bad James, we still love you, how could anyone not!!! love you too Rob. Maybe oneday you’ll feel confident enough in your own skin, loose a little of the shyness, and at least appear on SNL, because man you are funny as hell!!!

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anonymous

Posted at 8:41 AM on March 3, 2011  

Don’t blame James Franco, any man would be disgusted with Anne Hataway she acted like the world was in love with Anee Hathaway, those clothes changes and clothes shaking if she had the looks to go with them maybe they would have been appreciated.

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Morgan

Posted at 12:17 AM on March 3, 2011  

My four year old is more mature than these two.
“I can do this with my dress!” Yeah, Anne you are so grown up!

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joanppp345

Posted at 5:16 PM on March 1, 2011  

Joan Rivers would have been better! Much than this show off
hathaway.

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hawaii505

Posted at 5:13 PM on March 1, 2011  

I agree – JUST Boring, boring, boring. TOTAL PUT DOWNS THROUGHOUT. Anne Hathaway thought she was the queen to be adored. She was not funny, just horrible watching her. He added nothing either. BORING It was sad that she had to make fun of anyone over 25 though. I felt sorry for my parents, who look forward to watching this everyo year)

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hawaii505

Posted at 5:12 PM on March 1, 2011  

I agree – Boring, boring, boring. Anne Hathaway thought she was the queen to be adored. She was not funny, just horrible watching her. He added nothing either. BORING>
It was sad that she had to make fun of anyone over 25 though. I felt sorry for my parents, who look forward to watching this everyo year) TOTAL PUT DOWNS THROUGHOUT.

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penny

Posted at 12:47 PM on March 1, 2011  

Keep in mind, snarky is not always funny. Rickey Gervais is too snarky to host the oscars. You need a host with the right balance of snark, charm, and wit.

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penny

Posted at 12:45 PM on March 1, 2011  

Anne did her very best. No host could have saved that lousy written,badly produced show- and all the winners were predictable and no great acceptance speeches.

If the show was better written & produced, I could see Anne Hathaway hosting with Hugh Jackman ( they did a nice duet together), or Anne & Robert Downey Jr.

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marita

Posted at 9:09 PM on February 28, 2011  

ohhh come on bonnie even james and anne will have been better than shy robert and awfully bitter kirsten-!

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Pulla

Posted at 2:35 PM on February 28, 2011  

from what I’ve seen, after the fact, he never made eye contact with her the whole time

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MJ

Posted at 10:58 AM on March 3, 2011  

I noticed that too! He didn’t even make eye contact with the camera! Utterly bizarre. It was like he was autistic or something.

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Cheriebaby

Posted at 1:24 PM on February 28, 2011  

Bring back Billy Crystal!

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CJ

Posted at 11:57 AM on February 28, 2011  

Get real comedians or people with proven chemistry between them.

Maybe Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds if they want younger hosts? At least it’s known that those two have good onscreen chemistry, likeable, and won’t go the Ricky Gervais route.

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nanlu

Posted at 11:38 AM on February 28, 2011  

Must be someone in this city that could do this job ala Billy Crystal.and his witt ……boy last nite was hurting….

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Rach

Posted at 10:30 AM on February 28, 2011  

I thought Anne was brilliant, funny and so at ease. James seemed a bit distracted, weird. But please, not Ricky Gervais. As much as I like him, the awkwardness at the Golden Globes was painful.

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Jane

Posted at 10:14 AM on February 28, 2011  

Boring, boring, boring. The Twilight clip was a sham and I am sure had Twihards foaming at the mouth for being ticked to tune in to up the Oscar ratings which it did. Get Rickey Gervais to do it next year.

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jim

Posted at 10:21 AM on February 28, 2011  

boring is right please get ricky next year.

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