Let’s Revisit James Franco & Anne Hathaway’s Oscar Monologue
Depending on who you ask, that time Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the Oscars was either the worst or the most hysterical moment in Academy Award history.
You might think that looking back on it today would reveal that Anne and James were somehow ahead of their time and performing some sort of meta-commentary on the pointlessness of awards shows. You’d be wrong, though. It’s still just awkward.
James looked perpetually stoned and disinterested while Anne spent the night overcompensating with theatrical hand gestures and Mom-level enthusiasm.
Here’s an example from their first five seconds of dialogue:
ANNE [gushing]: Oh my gosh, you’re all real.
JAMES [deadpanning]: Wow.
Anne did try to be self-deprecating about it in the aftermath, but even that was a bit much. When she went on Jimmy Fallon in 2014, she basically said the experience was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to her.
“If you think about embarrassment on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being a person walking down the street and 10 is, for me, co-hosting the Oscars with James Franco,” Anne explained, adding, “which, by the way, is only tied with being honored to accept an Oscar while wearing a dress that I knew made it look like my nipples were erect.”
LOL Anne, but also, talk about first world problems.
Watch their whole opening monologue below and marvel at the horrible awkward pauses — and the brief cutaway to Jennifer Lawrence before we knew her as the relatable and DGAF force that would change awards shows for the better.