We totally get that James Franco wants to do it all, from soaps, to modeling, to school, art, acting etc. etc. He does it all well, but he maybe getting a bit carried away by hosting the Oscars in a year where he will more than likely be nominated for his role in 127 Hours. We’re picturing Franco announcing himself as the winner, handing himself the Oscar while hundreds of Francos look on, a la Malkovich.
The organizers of the ceremony call Hathaway and Franco “fresh and exciting” and say they “personify the next generation of Hollywood icons.” This might be true of Franco, but the decision to put Hathaway up as a host may guarantee poise but not freshness. There will be no surprises and no excitement as far as Hathaway goes as she personifies old Hollywood and that’s her draw.