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Franco & Hathaway as Oscar Hosts: New Blood, or Favoritism? | November 30, 2010

A pair of nominees might serve as hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards.
Could that be a problem?
“They’ve committed a casting taboo,” an Academy member who works on Oscar campaigns told theWrap on Monday morning, after the announcement that James Franco and Anne Hathaway would host the February 27 show. “They’re wrong-headed on this one.”
Franco is an all-but-certain Best Actor nominee for his leading role in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” while Hathaway is a longshot Best Actress contender for “Love and Other Drugs.”
If the choice is seen by Oscar voters as giving the Academy’s seal of approval to those two performers, and by extension their performances, it could bestow an edge to Franco and Hathaway in their races.


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