Anne Hathaway, James Franco Chosen as Co-Hosts for Academy Awards Telecast
The 2011 Oscars ceremony will be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said today in an e-mailed statement.
The academy and ABC are looking to continue growth that began with the 2009 show, when 36.3 million viewers tuned in to see “Slumdog Millionaire” win the best-picture Oscar. The 2010 telecast rose to 41.7 million with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as hosts and “The Hurt Locker” taking the best-movie award.
Franco is the star of “127 Hours,” director Danny Boyle’s drama based on the true story of a hiker who amputates his own arm after becoming trapped in a remote desert canyon. Hathaway’s “Love and Other Drugs,” about a woman who falls in love with a pharmaceuticals salesman, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, also is in theaters.
Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 25 in Beverly Hills, California.
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