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Hathaway, Franco: Oscar hosts

 ABC has their hosts for the Feb. 27 oscars telecast - James Franco and Anne Hathaway. The double-host is currently the thing - note last year's Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin tango - after many years of it  not being the thing.  Seems like a good pairing, and the odd thing - truly - is this: There hasn't been a male/female Oscar co-host combo in more than half a century.

  1956, to be exact, when Celeste Holm and Jerry Lewis did the honors. Why so long? Partly because Johnny Carson, as exemplary solo, held it so well for so long, and he (along with Billy Crystal) created the comic host par excellence persona.  

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscars telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons -- fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscars broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”

 

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