With the Oscar winners crowned, it’s time to turn our (judgemental) attention to the ‘performance’ of the hosts of the evening, who have inevitably come under a fair bit of scrutiny. It seems the critics have turned against golden boy James Franco, with ‘industry bible’ The Hollywood Reporter dubbing him “uninterested” and “distant” during the proceedings.
Tim Goodman described the hosting of Franco and Anne Hathaway as “spectacularly unwatchable”, writing:
“Despite an overall rewarding of brilliant performances and no truly shocking didn’t-see-that-coming upsets, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards will likely be remembered as the night James Franco couldn’t act like a host.”
Goodman went on to say that “Anne Hathaway at least tried to sing and dance and preen along to the goings on, but Franco seemed… content to keep his Cheshire-cat-meets-smug smile on display throughout.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Post praised Hathaway for working “her derriere off” but bizarrely described Franco as “that lacrosse boy you wish your daughter didn’t hang out with so much.”
Who knew lacrosse could be so bad-ass?