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'Clumsy and downright painful': Anne Hathaway and James Franco's Oscar skits fail to impress critics

Monday, February 28, 2011

'Downright painful': Anne Hathaway and James Franco's presenting skills received a mixed reception at this year's Oscars

It had been hoped that employing Anne Hathaway and James Franco as hosts for this year's Oscars would give the ceremony a young and fresh feel.

But despite bringing their considerable comedic talents to the plate while presenting the Academy Awards, using skits and montages to add to their hosting duties, the pair's performance was met with mixed critical reception.

The 83rd Academy Awards opened with a montage of Hathaway and Franco delving into the mind of former Oscar winner Alec Baldwin in an Inception-inspired moment, narrated by the smooth-voiced Morgan Freeman.

And things continued to get more and more surreal, as the pair poked fun at The King's Speech, which took home four Oscars, The Fighter and True Grit, as well as The Social Network and Back to the Future.

Changing faces: The pair also integrated themselves into movies such as The King's Speech (left) and True Grit

Perhaps the funniest moment of the opening montage, however, was Hathaway and Franco both donning leotards and tutus to join Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

The pair attempted to impress the hard-nosed Vincent Cassel with their dancing abilities, and left Portman looking flustered with their 'talent'.

Living the dream: Hathaway and Franco recreated the famous Paris scene as they took on Inception

Hathaway also returned to her former duty at the Oscars in 2009 when she joined then-host Hugh Jackman for a duet to open the show.

Paying tribute to the track, Hathaway donned a tuxedo to perform a comic rendition of On My Own from Les Miserables.

Directing the song at Jackman, who sat in the front row of the ceremony and found himself the butt of many a presenter's joke, Hathaway belted out lyrics including: 'He stuck his fake retractable claws into my heart when he left me on my own.'

But Franco, determined not to be outdone, later donned a pink dress and blonde wig to come on to the stage as Marilyn Monroe and tell a joke about Charlie Sheen.

However, if he had been hoping the joke earn him a reputation as a controversial host, it paled in comparison to Ricky Gervais' choice numbers at the Golden Globes earlier this year.

Other montages throughout the show included a look back to Gone With The Wind and Lord of the Rings.

And one of the most memorable montages of the evening was a clever piece using auto-tune technology to make songs out of dialogue from films including Twilight, which saw Edward and Bella sing 'He Doesn't Own a Shirt' about Jacob, Toy Story 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

One of the advantages of having a younger host, however, is that Franco used is considerable knowledge of social networking site Twitter to tweet fans throughout the show as the ceremony went out live on US television.

Using the hash tag #OscarsRealTime, Franco tweeted photographs and video of himself, as well as a group shot with Hathaway and Oprah Winfrey, before later adding another one of the presenting pair and former host Billy Crystal.

He later posted photographs of himself still wearing his tuxedo and enjoying a cocktail with 'Goodbye LA' scrawled over it in blue writing.

It remains to be seen whether Franco and Hathaway's attempts to make the ceremony more modern and accessible for younger viewers was successful enough to ensure similar hosts next year, or whether producers will go back to a veteran host like Billy Crystal.

Musical number: Hathaway donned a tuxedo to perform a rendition of On My Own, with jokes directed at former duet partner Hugh Jackman

Passion for fashion: However, Hathaway did get to go for stylish outfits for the rest of the evening, indulging in an astonishing eight costume changes throughout the ceremony

Before the awards, Franco said: 'Nobody thinks I'm Chris Rock or Billy Crystal. I can try anything and nobody has high expectations, so nobody cares if I'm not great.'

Hathaway had added: 'I love the Oscars. I do. I think it's wonderful. I love being an actor.

'I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole wide world, and this is just a continuation of the amazing fortune and remarkable and unusual experiences I've gotten to have in my life. I couldn't be more grateful.'

Famous faces: Franco posted pictures on his website of himself and Hathaway with Oprah Winfrey and Billy Crystal

Twittering away: Franco updated followers on Twitter with realtime messages as he co-hosted the ceremony

Franco in Drag on 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' 2/27/11 - TV Replay

source: dailymail

The winners for the shortest frocks are...Taylor Swift and Cameron Diaz dazzle at the Vanity Fair party


Bobbydazzlers: Taylor Swift, left, shimmered in a short gold strapless gown with matching shoes, whereas Cameron Diaz, right, was wearing a tight off-the-shoulder monochrome print dress with black shoeboots

Neither of them were up for any Oscars - but Cameron Diaz and Taylor Swift were the runaway winners of the shortest dress competition at the Vanity Fair party last night.

Cameron arrived on the red carpet of the hottest post-Academy Awards party in a tight off-the-shoulder monochrome print mini with frill detail - although not many people were looking at her frock.

Instead, all eyes were on the 38-year-old's toned physique, which the actress has been perfecting with rigorous bootcamp-style work outs with her baseball-playing boyfriend Alexander Rodriguez, 35.

All that glisters: Golden girl Taylor made a grand entrance in her sparkling gold frock

Cam here often? Ms Diaz wasn't shy to show off her stunning physique at the West Hollywood party

The star accessorised her barely-there outfit with skyscraper black shoe-boot peep toe heels.

Taylor meanwhile was wearing an elegant strapless shimmering gold number with matching shoes, 1940s-style glamourpuss hair and a slash of red lipstick.

She's got legs: The star was one of the most dazzling at the magazine's post Academy Awards event

The 21-year-old country star certainly wowed the crowd with her sophisticated makeover.

Also going for gold was Gwyneth Paltrow in an elegant off-the-shoulder gown in a more nude shade compared to the metallic dress she'd worn at the actual ceremony.

Young love: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were also on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party at the Sunset Tower in Los Angeles last night

Going for gold: Gwyneth Paltrow looked stunning in a shimmering gold asymmetric gown

Other surprises on the red carpet at the bash, thrown by the society and fashion magazine, included Justin Bieber's first public appearance hand-in-hand with girlfriend Selena Gomez, who was wearing a stunning blood-red Dolce and Gabbana gown.

Another loved-up couple cosying up at the Oscar's most exclusive bash included True Blood's Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin.

However, Madonna arrived accompanied by a surprisingly unembarrassed 14-year-old daughter Lourdes, as the star appeared to have forgotten her skirt.

Alone: Jessica Biel arrived at the party solo after her boyfriend Justin Timberlake took his mother rather than her to the Oscars ceremony earlier in the evning

And Justin Timberlake sparked rumours of a split with girlfriend Jessica Biel when he chose not to escort her to the party.

He had earlier taken his mother to the awards ceremony, but left Jessica to pose alone on the red carpet at the Vanity Fair party.

Bite of all right: True Blood's Stephen Moyer and his onscreen and offscreen partner Anna Paquin

Onlookers were also surprised that the two major fashion faux pas came from the two dress designers at the party - namely Diane Von Furstenberg and Donna Karan.

Donna was wearing an ill-fitting shiny black floor length frock with silver detailing that left her with a weird looking decolletage and torso.

Party people: Mick Jagger and his model girlfriend L'Wren Scott were also on the red carpet, along with Jude Law and his friend Robert Downey Jnr and wife Susan

Diane meanwhile was wearing another ill-fitting gown, this time an odd studded affair with peculiar fluffy shoulder bits.

Cameron meanwhile is getting ready to release her new movie Bad Teacher, which is creating something a buzz before release, not least due to the trailer in which the star gets lathered up in tiny Daisy Duke-style shorts at a car wash.

Black tie: Mad Men star Jon Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt looked the business at the bash

Ladies in red: Previous Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock looked stunning in vivid scarlet whereas comedy actress Leslie Mann was classy in claret

The trailer for her latest movie shows her pictured smoking marijuana as well as swearing like a trooper.

Diaz pairs up with her former boyfriend Justin Timberlake who plays another member of staff in the film, due to be released in June this year.

Contrasts: Emma Stone, who stars in the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, wore an interested purple patterned dress, whereas former Road House and Drugstore Cowboy star Kelly Lynch kept it simple in black

source: dailymail

Oscars 2011: Natalie Portman triumphs as best actress but the night belongs to best film, The King's Speech, with honours to Colin Firth, director


I did it! Natalie Portman wipes away a tear as she accepts her award for best actress for her role in Black Swan at the OScars

The King's Speech wins best film and best director

Christian Bale named best supporting actor for The Fighter

Melissa Leo apologises after using F-word as she accepts best supporting actress for The Fighter

Wiping tears from her eyes, pregnant Natalie Portman dedicated her best actress Oscar for Black Swan to her family, and fiancé, last night.

But while her delight was obvious the night belonged to another small budget, independent movie that was a labour of love.

The King’s Speech and its star Colin Firth were the toast of Hollywood, winning best film, best actor, best director and best original screenplay.

Few in the UK wanted to back the film, but a band of producers and film-makers slashed their usual rates to get it made.

Congratulations: Dancer Benjamin Millepied embraces his fiancé Natalie as her win is announced

With Film 4 and BBC Films both refusing funding, the UK Film Council put up a large part of the money, along with London-based Momentum Pictures and Harvey Weinstein's Weinstein film company.

As Academy Awards host James Franco noted ‘The King’s Speech has now become part of Oscar history’.

Black Swan star Portman had showed off her bump in her flowing Rodarte gown as she walked to the stage to give her acceptance speech.

Now for her next role: With her first child on the way, Natalie said she wasn't sure whether she would ever work on another movie like Black Swan

'I want to thank my parents,' she said. 'First and foremost for giving me my life. And for the opportunity to work at such a young age.'

The pregnant actress wiped away a tear as she also thanked her fiancé, who she met while filming Black Swan, and with whom she is now expecting her first child.

'My beautiful love Benjamin Millepied who choreographed the film and has now given me my most important role of my life.'

Portman said backstage that she was ‘still in a dream-like state’.

'My career has peaked': Colin Firth had the audience laughing as he picked up his Oscar for best actor

A kiss for the wife: Firth is congratulated by Livia Giuggioli

She joked that the baby she is carrying started kicking during the show when the nominated songs were being sung.

Someone asked her if she would be naming her baby Oscar and she replied that most certainly would not be happening.

Asked how her pregnancy would affect her future movie choices, she said: ’It’s one of the most exciting things of being pregnant. I’m just accepting that I have no idea, it’s accepting what people go through every day.'

The Oscar winners: Best supporting actor Christian Bale, best actress Portman, best supporting actress Leo and best actor Firth
It was a big night for British film as Firth took the best actor award for his role in The King's Speech.

Firth was nominated last year for Tom Ford’s film A Single Man but lost to Jeff Bridges.

But now it was Firth’s turn to triumph over his once-again nominated rival.
'I’ve a feeling my career’s just peaked,' he joked.

Firth thanked, 'all the people who have been routing for me back home,' and his wife, 'Livia, for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty.'

The cast and crew of The King's Speech, (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers), celebrates their trophy for Best Picture

The crowd of Oscar nominees and winners watch as Firth gives his thank you speech

Although it was pretty much a given that Firth was going to collect an Oscar for his powerful portrait of King George VI, and that David Seidler would win for best original screenplay, the wins for best director and best film weren’t as assured as people believed.

Seidler dedicated his award to 'all the stutterers around the world,' and thanked 'Her Majesty The Queen for not putting me in the Tower for using the F word.'

Halfway through the ceremony when The Social Network won for best editing, one of the King’s Speech team exclaimed, ’well that’s it, we’ve lost it’.

Group effort: Geoffrey Rush congratulates Tom Hooper as he accepts the Oscar for best achievement in directing

Tom Hooper accepts his Oscar for best director as David Seidler accepts best original screenplay; both for The King's Speech

That’s because the best editing win is often, but clearly, not always, seen as a signal to which film will win best film.

But as the evening wore on Tom Hooper The King’s Speech’s 38-year-old director beat rival David Fincher for best director. He dedicated the prestigious gong to his mother.

It was she, he revealed, who first suggested he make the movie, after watching a script read through of the stage version.

Your honour: Melissa bows to Kirk Douglas as she joins the 94-year-old screen icon onstage

The win surprised many, who had predicted that David Fincher would win for The Social Network.

Later Gareth Unwin, one of the three producers with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, joked that it was his good luck charm, a Union Jack pocket square, that helped them win.

He admitted he ‘borrowed’ the silk square from a table centre piece at the BAFTA awards in London two weeks ago.

‘It felt lucky so I took it’, Unwin joked.

No hard feelings: Amy Adams congratulates Melissa Leo after The Fighter star won the Oscar for best actress

Shock: Melissa holds her face in horror after realising she has sworn onstage as Kirk Douglas holds her Oscar

The King’s Speech didn’t achieve the sweep that some had hoped, it was up for twelve Oscars, but best picture is a pretty nice trophy to take home.

Helena Bonham Carter missed out on the best supporting actress Oscar as Melissa Leo won for her work on The Fighter.

The actress kept her disappointment in check as she applauded Leo, alongside fellow nominee, 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld.

Leo's gong was presented to her by 94-year-old screen legend Kirk Douglas, who happily eked out his moment in the spotlight, having never won himself.

'You pinch me?' Leo asked him, not sure if she was dreaming.

Leo, nominated for a second time, had shook as she took to the stage, before accidentally blurting out a swear word, which was removed by editors.

'Oh wow, really truly wow,' she gasped. 'I know there's a lot of real lovely people who've said a lot of nice things to me for several months but I'm just shaking in my boots right now.'

The show: Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway speak onstage at the Kodak Theatre

Cross dressers: Anne Hathaway and James Franco swap outfits; Franco joked that he had received a text from Charlie Sheen

Also winning for The Fighter was Christian Bale, named best supporting actor.

Bale thanked Dicky Eklund, who he played in the movie, asking the retired fighter to take a bow in the audience.

He also referred to his co-star's slip up, saying: 'I'm not going to drop the F-bomb like she did. I've done that plenty before.'

British singer Florence Welch performs If I Rise from the motion picture 127 Hours, a nominee for best original song

Nominees: Mandy Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow perform tracks nominated for best original song

The Social Network took its first Oscar for best adapted screenplay - handed to Aaron Sorkin for his adaptation of the book The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich.

The film also picked up an award for best original score, presented to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Inception's Gary A Rizzo & Ed Novick won an Oscar for best sound mixing and the film also won for best sound editing for the work of Richard King. The film took a third for best cinematography, going to Wally Pfister.

The Oscar for best foreign film went to the movie In a Better World, from Denmark, while the Oscar for makeup went to The Wolfman.

Winner for best foreign language Film, Susan Bier accepts her award for her Danish movie In A Better World

The first award, for art direction, was presented by Tom Hanks to Robert Stromberg (production design) and Karen O'Hara (set decoration) for their work on the 3D movie Alice in Wonderland.

Hanks, a double winner himself, also presented the Oscar for costume design to Colleen Atwood, for her work on the Tim Burton directed movie.

The winner for best animated short film was The Lost Thing, while the animated film Oscar was awarded to the considerably bigger budget Toy Story 3.

'I'm a married man': Presenters Russell Brand and Helen Mirren joke around onstage, with Brand implying that Mirren has a crush on him

Presenter Josh Brolin dances with fellow presenter Javier Bardem as they make their way onto stage

Toy Story also won original song for We Belong Together, Music and Lyric by Randy Newman.

Missing out an an award was British graffiti artist Banksy, for his film Exit Through The Gift Shop. Instead the Oscar for best documentary feature went to Inside Job.

The show opened with co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco inserted into a montage scenes from best-picture nominees, built as a series of dream sequences a la Oscar contender Inception.

Hathaway and Franco joked about the criticism over their appointment as hosts.

'You look so lovely and so hip,' Anne told James. 'You look very appealing to a younger demographic as well, ' he replied.

Presenter Steven Speilberg, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, producers of The King's Speech

There was also some comic relief from the audience as Franco's grandmother shouted out: 'I just saw Marky Mark.'

She was of course referring to Mark Wahlberg, nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Fighter.

The actor has made every effort to distance himself from his cheesy past as an 80s pop star.

At one stage Franco appeared on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

'I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen,' he remarked, referring to the troubled actor.

One to treasure: Rick Baker, left, and Dave Elsey pose with presenter Cate Blanchett after receiving the Oscar for achievement in makeup for The Wolfman

We've got Oscars! Lora Hirschberg, Ed Novick, Gary A Rizzo and presenters Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson pose backstage after Hirschberg, Novick and Rizzo win the Oscar for achievement in sound mixing for Inception

Melissa Leo's X-rated Oscars speech

Colin Firth's Oscar speech

source: dailymail

Oscars 2011 (Part 3)

Oscar winners for best supporting actress Melissa Leo and best actor Colin Firth pose backstage with their Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Robert Stromberg holds his Oscar for Achievement in Art Direction for the film "Alice in Wonderland" as they pose backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Oscar winners for best supporting actor Christian Bale (L-R), best actress Natalie Portman, best supporting actress Melissa Leo and best actor Colin Firth gather backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Producers of "The King's Speech" (L-R) Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin are joined onstage by cast and production members to accept the Oscar for best picture during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Oscar winner for achievement in music (original Score) Trent Reznor poses backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Richard King holds his Oscar for Achievement in Sound Editing for "Inception" backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Luke Matheny (C) holds the Oscar, won for best live action short film for "God of Love", presented by Jake Gyllenhaal (L) and Amy Adams (R) backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Oscar winners for music (sound mixing) for the film "Inception," Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo (C), and Ed Novick, pose backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Oscar winners (L-R) Christian Bale, best supporting actor for "The Fighter", Natalie Portman, best actress for "Black Swan", Melissa Leo, best supporting actress for "The Fighter", and Collin Firth, best actor for "The King's Speech" pose backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Colleen Atwood holds her Oscar for achievement in costume design won for "Alice in Wonderland" as she poses with presenter Cate Blanchett (L) backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Colin Firth accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "The King's Speech" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

Colleen Atwood arrives backstage while carrying her Oscar for achievement in costume design for "Alice in Wonderland" at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

Rick Baker (L) and Dave Elsey (R) pose with presenter Cate Blanchett after receiving the Oscar for achievement in makeup for "The Wolfman" backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.

source: Daylife
photo: Reuters