Anne Hathaway: I Have No Business Calling People Out at the Oscars

The Academy Awards co-host vows to go the anti-Ricky Gervais route and refrain from bashing fellow celebs for laughs

Will Anne Hathaway be a kinder, gentler Oscar host? Hathaway, who is co-hosting the Feb. 27 ceremony with James Franco, says she won't be making fun of celebrities in the audience to get laughs.

"I don't mean to sound overly serious, but I am the youngest host in history and I have no business being cynical or calling anyone out," Hathaway, 28, tells the Hollywood Reporter. "I certainly haven't earned the right to do that."

Which is not to say that she won't be funny. Hathaway and Franco have been honing their comedic chops for the occasion (not to mention their song-and-dance skills for the big opening number).

"It's so different doing live comedy, that's kind of the scariest thing about it," says Hathaway. "Being funny in a movie usually has to do with how committed you are to your character.  But standing up and telling jokes is not something that comes easily to me."

Actually, we think Hathaway is underselling herself -- she was pretty hilarious on SNL in November. (Her Katie Holmes sketch even walked away with the Most Spot-On 'SNL' Impression category in the 2011 iVillage Awards!) And she admits that her SNL experience is one of the things that convinced her to host the Oscars. That, and the fact that Franco was on board.

"He's so brave and so willing to make unconventional choices," Hathaway says of her co-host, who is nominated in this year's best actor category for 127 Hours. "All the ways I was worried about it going wrong, it wouldn't go wrong in any of those ways. It could go wrong in entirely new ways."

We're curious to see if Hathaway and Franco can keep up the laughs without making fun of Brangelina or Jack Nicholson's indoor sunglasses. After host Ricky Gervais landed one too many pointed barbs at this year's Golden Globes, Hollywood insiders are no doubt eager for less controversial awards show hosts. Here's hoping the dynamic duo of Hathaway and Franco is up to the challenge!

 

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