According to Deadline's Nikki Finke, actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been offered jobs as co-hosts of this year's Academy Awards ceremony—and both have accepted. It could be a busy night for the actors; each is favored to receive an acting nomination this year as well (Franco for 127 Hours, Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs). Finke says this is part of the Academy's push for a ceremony that appeals to a younger audience:
Franco is also a multitalented actor. Both are equally adept at comedy and drama. Their selection, if true, is an inspired choice and demonstrates how much current Academy president Tom Sherak wants to improve Oscar ratings.
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Hathaway is no stranger to appearing on the Oscar stage. In addition to receiving a nomination in 2009 for her work in Rachel Getting Married, she made a cameo in the ceremony's opening musical number with host Hugh Jackman:
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway peforms at the Opening of The
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