Anne Hathaway will always remember the 2011 Oscars.
Though she wasn’t nominated that yr — she acquired a nod in 2009 for Rachel Getting Married and took dwelling the trophy for Les Misérables 4 years later — Hathaway had a serious function. She co-hosted alongside actor James Franco in a present that was panned by critics, principally for Franco’s obvious disinterest.
For instance, in his overview for USA Right now, critic Robert Blanco wrote, “Not less than Hathaway was in there pitching all through — in contrast to her co-host, who typically appeared to be making ready for a remake of Dazed and Confused.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman referred to as it “spectacularly unwatchable.” Ouch.
Effectively, Hathway has revealed that it wasn’t her thought, anyway. And it appeared to be one thing she was anxious to say, as a result of she provided the data up as some tea she needed to spill.
“I turned that gig down, and James is the one which satisfied me to do it,” Hathaway instructed Folks TV.
When requested if Franco had meant the evening as some form of joke on the actress, Hathway stated, “If he’d circled and stated, ‘I’m pranking you proper now,’ I believe I might have been OK with it. I might have been like, ‘That sucks, nevertheless it’s epic.’ He may nonetheless flip round and do this on all of us, by the best way.”
Thus far, that hasn’t occurred, leaving Hathaway stuffed with remorse for her resolution to host.
“When all of the mud settled, I used to be similar to, ‘You’ve received to be kidding me,’” she stated. “Your first intuition is often the fitting one, and all of the explanation why I turned it down got here true.”
Franco’s group didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, however up to now, he hasn’t been a fan of his internet hosting efficiency that evening both. He’s stated that he was distracted by his nomination that yr for his lead function in 127 Hours.
“On the time I justified it to myself,” Franco instructed Selection in November 2017. “This shall be an experiment. This shall be bizarre.’ A part of me was so uncomfortable with the eye of being nominated, but additionally concern of dropping, as a result of everyone was speaking about Colin Firth [from The King’s Speech].”
Franco stated he realized later that he shouldn’t have been a number on that evening, when he was preoccupied. “Truthfully, I believe the largest criticism of me, it appeared like I used to be excessive or low power. In my head, I used to be attempting to be the straight man. I suppose I simply went too far or got here throughout because the useless man.”
This yr, Academy officers are forgoing a number for the present, after Kevin Hart, who was initially chosen to do the gig, stepped down over homophobic tweets he’d despatched up to now. That signifies that the Oscars shall be sans host for under the second time; the primary time was in 1989, when the present inexplicably featured Rob Lowe, Snow White and the tune “Proud Mary,” all on the identical time, in an epic fail.
The 91st Academy Awards will air at eight p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on ABC.
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