“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27.”
As you can easily infer, this is another attempt on the Academy's part to make the show fresher and buck the "seasoned comedian MC" tradition. Last year, you got the half-orthodox/half-unorthodox Martin/ Baldwin combo and the year before that, of course, was Hugh Jackman’s memorably-musical-and-decidedly-non-Weapon-X turn.
You all, of course, know that if they really want to get in touch with the “young people,” they need to have awards for "Best Hissy Fit" and "Best WTF? Moment," replace the Oscar with a surf board and slime at least one of the winners.
Deadline does bring up the interesting possibility that either of these cool kids could actually be nominated for awards at the same time they're presenting (Franco for Howl or 127 Hours, Hathaway for Love & Other Drugs, maybe?) Which might present a conflict of interests, but you can just hear the words in your head, can't you?
“And the Oscar goes to… me?!”And, if it did happen, I suppose they'd have a little more time before any band tried "playing them off stage."