In a very ungracious move, a high-ranking member of the Academy of blah, blah has given an interview saying that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were terrible choices as Oscar hosts.
Let me add to the ungraciousness by saying, “Hallelujah!”
The Academy member cites the two comely stars’ lack of chemistry as a problem, not to mention the fact that they’re not comics, so they weren’t able to spontaneously react to the awards-show happenings as they played out around them.
Let me add the fact that Franco became more passive as Hathaway got more needy, and he even seemed to impulsively roll his eyes at some of her chirpy shtick. You could smell the hostility.
And the material!
The mystifying “let’s-do-drag” routine went for cheap laughs and barely got them!
And the “On My Own” song they made poor Hathaway screech about how she was up there without Hugh Jackman made no sense to the vast majority of the populace, and wasn’t funny even if you got it. (Hathaway and Jackman were never any classic Oscar couple to begin with, so this whole routine was extremely weird.)
Other stuff, like Franco’s “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” remark, was similarly mysterious and cheesy.
Oh, well. Those two are super-talented and will survive.
But I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:
Stick to comics, Oscars!