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Do James Franco, Anne Hathaway get your Oscar vote?

Last updated on: February 28, 2011 11:53 IST

Do James Franco, Anne Hathaway get your Oscar vote?

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Anne Hathaway in a suit and James Franco in drag?

To think that these two actors almost turned down the chance to host the Oscars (apparently, the duo had rejected the offer but their 'chemistry' brought them together).

Well, their chemistry certainly kept the audience entertained at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Here's a look at the highlights.

It was a role reversal of sorts as Hathaway wore the pants while Franco was dressed in drag as Marilyn Monroe before welcoming Russell Brand and Helen Mirren on stage, who presented the Best Foreign Language Film prize to In a Better World (Denmark).

'You got to wear a tuxedo,' he joked to Hathaway. 'So I wore this. Weird part is I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen.'

It's not the first time that Franco appeared in drag. He had posed in drag for the cover of Candy magazine last year.

We also got a glimpse of Hathaway's vocal abilities when she performed a musical number alone.

Dressed in a tuxedo, Hathaway belted out a tune to the melody of On My Own from Les Miserables, a jab at Hugh Jackman who she apparently blamed for bailing out on her (Hathway had joined Hugh on stage for the opening number when he hosted the awards in 2008).

'There's a tradition of singing at the Oscars,' she informed the crowd. 'One that I was lucky enough to take part in two years ago. And this year I wanted to do a duet again with a special guest, but he bailed on me at the last minute and I couldn't do it. But I'm not a quitter, so this is the best I could do under the circumstances.'


Image: Anne Hathaway and James Franco
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The two hosts made a mammoth five wardrobe changes throughout the night.

The opening act consisted of the two stars acting out scenes from all 10 nominated films.


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While Franco was attired in the standard tuxedo throughout, Hathaway changed into several gowns.


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While the two didn't pull a Ricky Gervais (the British funny guy who was criticised for his comments at the recent Golden Globes, which he hosted), the show could have done with a little more spice.

 

What do you think? How did Anne Hathaway and James Franco fare? Write in!


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