Os­car dou­ble act bomb

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

It al­ways seemed like a pe­cu­liar idea. James Franco and Anne Hath­away are both de­cent ac­tors, but nei­ther is known for their pre­sen­ta­tional skills. In the days since the pair hosted the Os­cars, the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of ap­palling re­views has set up a stink that may prove fa­mil­iar to the pro­duc­ers of Spi­der-Man: Turn off the Dark.

Vir­tu­ally all no­tices point up the quite star­tling con­trast be­tween the two per­for­mances: Franco sloped like a petu­lant delin­quent; Hath­away flailed like a four-year-old hopped up on too much tar­trazine. When the trade pa­per Va­ri­ety, usu­ally quite for­giv­ing to celebri­ties, crit­i­cised the “stiff, awk­ward ban­ter” be­tween the two, the stars may have ex­pected that worse was to come.

Quite right. The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter mused: “In what could go down as one of the worst Os­car tele­casts in his­tory, a bad and risky idea – let­ting two ac­tors host – played out in spec­tac­u­larly un­watch­able fash­ion on the big­gest of all nights for the film world.”

This from the Wash­ing­ton Post: “Franco came off like that lacrosse boy you wish your daugh­ter didn’t hang out with so much, sort of heavy-lid­ded and smirky.”

The Daily Tele­graph chipped in with: “When Franco ap­peared dressed as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and joked that Char­lie Sheen had just texted him, I felt like chew­ing my own arm off.”

There’s plenty more where that came from.

Please say it’s not so: Hath­away and Franco at the Os­cars

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