James Franco And Anne Hathaway Hosting The 83rd Academy Awards: Why We’re Psyched

The Academy Awards couldn’t get Hugh Jackman to reprise his hosting duties from the 2008 Oscars, so why not bring his singing and dancing helper — one Anne Hathway — on as host instead?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has done just that, announcing that Hathway and James Franco will be sharing the stage as co-hosts of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. The only thing that’d make us happier is if they confirmed a reprise to that ’08 musical opening as well.

Hathaway has already proved her stage presence thanks to her Jackman assist two years ago, but we were a little surprised to read that the Academy producers chose her and Franco for the gig because of their performance hosting another popular television show: “Saturday Night Live.” Apparently it’s because Hathaway and Franco did such a great job there that the Academy felt they’d be able to be witty co-hosts like the many stand-up comedians who have emceed the show in the past.

It is a little weird that Franco appears to have an Oscar nod heading his way for “127 Hours.” And while mixed critical and box office responses to “Love & Other Drugs” have knocked Hathaway’s nomination chances down a few pegs, I’m still crossing my fingers for her. Obviously there’s going to be plenty of time for the Academy Awards writers to prep some good material for these two no matter what direction the nominations end up going, but it should end up providing fodder for some pretty fun material.

The most exciting aspect of Hathaway and Franco nabbing the job, however, is that they’re the youngest hosts the Oscars have had in a very, very long time. Not knocking on Steve Martin, Jon Stewart or Ellen Degeneres, but it’s nice to see some twenty-somethings getting their time in the sun, especially two who are as talented and funny as Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

Are you glad Hathaway and Franco were chosen to host the Oscars?