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Next Oscar Hosts: Anne Hathaway and James Franco

Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been announced as the co-hosts of the 83rd annual Academy Awards, which takes place on Feb 27th.

Anne Hathaway to be Oscar Co-host

Anne Hathaway to be Oscar Co-host

They both will continue the double-act Oscar hosting technique that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin tried last year.

Oscars co-producer Don Mischer said, “They both have a great sense of humor and a great sense of comedy.” Not to mention a great sense of being young: She’s 28 and he’s 32.

James Franco to be Oscar Co-host

James Franco to be Oscar Co-host

2009 host Hugh Jackman scooped Hathaway out of the front row to sing the “Frost/Nixon” portion of a tribute to the 2008 best picture nominees. Hathaway was up for best actress at that ceremony for “Rachel Getting Married.”

Franco, who played Sean Penn’s boyfriend in “Milk,” since made a splash as a drug dealer in the comedy “Pineapple Express” and may get a nomination this year as the trapped hiker who cut his own arm off in “127 Hours.”

The last woman without a standup comedy background to co-host the Academy Awards was Goldie Hawn, alongside Chevy Chase and Paul Hogan in 1987.

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