Oscar promo: James Franco knows how to handle a wardrobe malfunction

The first on-air promo with Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway has arrived, and it shows the two of them “preparing for every possible Oscar emergency.” The highlight, obviously, is when he tackles her as she begins to have a wardrobe malfunction. Watch it below. Does it get you excited for their hosting gig? It did me. I’m curious what their playful energy will yield. And I’m suddenly hoping they continue the traditional bit of placing the host(s) in the Best Picture nominees. (Which would be easy for 127 Hours.) How would The Social Network have looked if Franco had starred in it? How would Black Swan have been different had it been Hathaway instead of Natalie Portman? I’m genuinely curious. I’d love to see them give us an actual taste of it before hitting us with the comedic twist. What’s your dream bit for these two now? If you need inspiration, here’s your full list of Oscar nominees.

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  • Verity

    I saw the promo last night and thought it was cute. Really looking forward to what these two will do. And don’t you think if they place themselves in the best pictures that James Franco would be the one to play Natalie Portman’s black swan? :) He did say there would be some dancing. I can see him going for the tutu.

  • Karate Pants

    It’s hard for me to compare Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway fairly…because I’ve never seen Anne Hathaway rap.

    • Matt

      LOL. I forgot about that! Okay, Natalie Portman hands down deserves the Oscar because she’s an amazing rapper.

      • Tori

        I don’t know about rapping, but Hathaway can definitely work a pole, ala Bride Wars.

    • Mr. Holloway

      Well, I haven’t seen how well Natalie Portman can impersonate Katie Holmes, so I suppose they’re even.

    • LOL

      I bet Anne Hathaway could rap. She does everything well.

    • Olivia Peterson

      Natalie Portman can’t host, because she is nominated.

      • Leithen

        Umm….so is James Franco.

      • winnie

        Somebody tell James Franco he has to step down, then …

  • ragu

    i’m very excited about this. hope they keep up the tone of the promo and keep it fun

  • mickey

    Go with the old pie in the face routine for Anne Hathaway. It will definately be memorable.

  • Mae

    I think if they placed them in the movies they’d put Anne in 127 hours – just to be different

    • Woot


    • troiajax

      and Franco in Black Swan!!!

      • Gazza

        my thoughts exactly, troiajax!!! and Hathaway could be Lily, and…

    • Leithen

      Actually, just have Franco as one of the girls in the beginning of 127 Hours.

  • Kevin

    Like to see Franco and Hathaway sing a duet.

  • Mr. Holloway

    I can see them re-enacting the scene where Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams meet in that bar in “The Fighter”…or maybe Hathaway can play Melissa Leo’s character. (Having a male and female host who seem game for anything is going to turn out to be fun!)

  • Jackie

    I’m really excited! I’d love to see a bit from ‘The King’s Speech’ with Franco trying to give the speech and Hathaway coaching him through it. Or a scene from ‘The Fighter’ with Hathaway in Mark Wahlberg’s place with Franco giving her the pep talk. It would also be fun to see them in cowboy get-ups and riding on horseback. As for “How would ‘Black Swan’ have been different had it been Hathaway instead of Natalie Portman?” It would have been different in that I would have been more likely to see it. I know it’s against popular opinion, but I really don’t like Natalie Portman (an on comes the barrage of rotten fruit and vegetables).

    • Woot


  • melissa

    Ah! I love them

  • Peter


  • stan

    Like we would miss anything if Anne had a wardrobe malfunction – her last movie was a wardrobe malfunction. HA!

    • Toni

      I’d rather see James have a wardrobe malfunction!

      • Mindy

        Me too!

  • Laura

    haha! love it!!

  • Sydney

    So excited! ONE MONTH!!!

    • ad

      franco said in an interview that he would be singing and dancing for the show… and that no, he was not taking lessons. :-)

  • Sheila G

    I thought Hugh Jackman was great but these two should be really fun. Much better than the snarky Globes.

  • maggie

    “Wardrobe malfunction!!!!!!” Nice to see the Oscars willing to be funny and light! Refreshing!

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