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Posted at 9:51 AM ET, 02/28/2011

James Franco as Oscars co-host: How bad was it? Poll

By Lisa de Moraes

James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the Academy Awards. (AP)

Biggest take away from Sunday night's Academy Awards broadcast on ABC? Certainly not the winners, who were pretty much the same people who'd been doing the winning throughout Trophy Season (of which the Academy Awards is the crowning, and final achievement). Monday morning, Oscar chatter seemed to focus on two topics: who had the best dress, and James Franco as trophy show co-host.

By Lisa de Moraes  | February 28, 2011; 9:51 AM ET
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After watching Franco's pre-Oscars interview in the "Green Room", I was absolutely certain it would be a disaster. He was high as a kite, withdrawn, and barely cohesive. Little of what he said made any sense. Maybe Charlie Sheen should host next year?

Posted by: microsoft | February 28, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

hahaha - I thought he was drugged, too. What a tool!

Posted by: hill_marty | February 28, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

She did a great job, but he was clearly thinking about his dissertation.

What a set of pipes she has! Who knew?

Posted by: padre1957 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I give her points for trying (and looking great), but she sure didn't singlehandedly save anything. Stinky show, all around.

Posted by: sarahabc | February 28, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Anne Hathaway was delightful. She was witty, sweet, energetic, diplomatic. She carried the show and did a great job. James Franco seemed like he was above it all or disinterested...not a team player!

Posted by: cross2 | February 28, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I needed an option that said Franco was horrible AND Anne Hathaway was annoying and obnoxious. She acted like a 12 year old meeting a boy band or something. ugh...

Posted by: too_through | February 28, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Is he naturally squinty or was he high on something? Just my impression ....

Posted by: ounanm1 | February 28, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I thought both of them were awful. He was (whatever the heck you'd call that), and she was repulsive. After she made the "young and hip" crack at the end of Kirk Douglas' speech, I just kept hoping someone would punch her.

Posted by: TRand1 | February 28, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Completely agree with the comments about Hathaway. Based on the opening sequence, it's clear she acts better with a script and multiple takes...

Posted by: microsoft | February 28, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hathaway was OBNOXIOUS and annoying. Giddy, laughing at her own jokes, yelling like a cheerleader, out of control almost. And her choice to do that song solo just showed her petulance and ego. So Hugh didn't want to do a duet, so just cut the song. Or, hey, think of a million other creative ways to sing at the Oscars.

The two of them had zero chemisty, not funny, and they get the honor of hosting a truly painful Oscars. Bring back the comedians with some poise, grace and timing.
Those two sucked.

Posted by: LArev | February 28, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It was obvious Franco was high on something. What a loser. Hathaway tried, but she doesn't have the talent that a Billy Crystal has to improvise and save the day. They were both a mess.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | February 28, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How about a list of folks to do it next year?

Steve Carrell?
Will Ferrell?
Dare I say Ricky Gervais?
Wayne Brady?
Jimmy Fallon?

Posted by: RobAnthony | February 28, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I really thought he was stoned! If this is young and hip, I can do without it.

Posted by: VaBroker | February 28, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Someone tell me why DOESN'T Billy Crystal do it? Pay him $7 million for one year of preparing for one night's jokes and make it worth our while. The entire world watches this show. There is a lot to lose when it's not entertaining.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | February 28, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Have Franco come back and cut off his own arm about mid way through the show.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | February 28, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand the anger directed at Franco. Why do critics invest so much in their expectations of the host?

He/she must be strike the absolute perfect balance between reverence and irreverence. A hair off in either direction, and it is a total disaster!

What nonsense. Franco was fine. So what if he treated acted as if being the Oscar host was no big deal and acted like he would rather be sipping a drink at the beach with Anne Hathaway than hosting this stupid show with her?

I hope hosts for the next 18 years just like Bob Hope. He is smart, funny, sincere, and laid back. His greatest quality off all, however is that he is not Billy Crystal! He is naseating. I would rather be waterboarded for 3 hours than have to watch him host the Oscars again.

Posted by: jack_mo_99 | March 2, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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