Sorry, this isn't your year, Billy Crystal. Instead, the Academy Awards are going to try being relevant this year, hiring James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host the 83rd Oscar ceremony. Telecast producers explained the sort-of-surprising choice in a statement that both actors should be saving as a letter of recommendation, saying:
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. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that."
Franco, notably, is also expected to get a Best Actor nomination for his part in 127 Hours, while Hathaway could potentially get something out of Love and Other Drugs, which should allow for at least a few minutes of feigned-humility jokes once Bruce Vilanch runs out of Franco-is-stoned/Hathaway-got-naked material. Also, if you didn't know, Franco and Hathaway might be co-starring in the Alien prequel, too. Then, maybe a traveling vaudeville show.