Who Was the Worst Oscars Host of All Time?
We can't imagine how nervous Anne Hathaway and James Franco must be. They're about to co-host the Oscars, Sunday, Feb. 27. Will they nail it?
When people think of bad Oscar hosts, they think of Letterman’s "Oprah, Uma" routine in 1995. And that wasn’t the only joke that fell flat.
In 2005, Rock seemed to forget that he was hosting a party that honors Hollywood. He questioned the acting ability of Jude Law (Sean Penn jumped to his defense), and said that some of the nominated films "sucked."
Was the Academy really so desperate in 1958 that the best they could come up with was Donald Duck to co-host the show?
In 1958, the show ended with 20 minutes of airtime left to fill. Lewis urged the cast to "Keep on singing!" a rendition of "No Business Like Show Business," then tried (and failed) to ad lib the rest of the show.
Chase, the 1987 co-host, slammed the gathering as a bunch of "Hollywood phonies," then took nasty shots at critics and the year's nominees.
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin
The Oscars were supposedly wooing young people last year, so why did they choose Martin, 65, and Baldwin, 52, as co-hosts? And while critics were mostly in favor, viewers at home were less impressed.
Hathaway, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for "Rachel Getting Married," doesn't really seem qualified to entertain 40 million people. That said, she did score rave reviews at the 2009 show when she performed a song-and-dance routine with host Hugh Jackman.
Franco is a much stranger choice. The handsome young actor is a nominee this year for best actor in "127 Hours" -- but nothing about him screams "Oscar host." OK, maybe the fact that he was on "General Hospital" helps him out.
For years, the Oscars have been desperate to attract a younger audience -- which is why last year's choice of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin was kind of surprising.
This year's hosts are both under age 33, and the Academy is betting they'll attract peers in their age group. But will the stunt work, or will Hathaway and Franco land in the garbage heap of the stankiest hosts ever?
From David Letterman to Chris Rock, click through our slideshow and let us know: Who was the worst Oscars host of all time?
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