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Steve Martin, David Letterman, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart Will NOT Host The 2011 Oscars!! Learn Which Duo Got The Job!!

I am – Hercules!! The Oscar folks are again going with actors over comics. James Franco (“The Pineapple Express,” “127 Hours”) and Anne Hathaway (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Love & Other Drugs”) are hosting the Feb. 27 Oscar ceremony. Hathaway did a swell job helping Hugh Jackman with his opening Oscar number two years ago. You can watch that here. The last 21 years of Oscar hosts: 2009 Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin 2008 Hugh Jackman 2007 Jon Stewart 2006 Ellen DeGeneres 2005 Jon Stewart 2004 Chris Rock 2003 Billy Crystal 2002 Steve Martin 2001 Whoopi Goldberg 2000 Steve Martin 1999 Billy Crystal 1998 Whoopi Goldberg 1997 Billy Crystal 1996 Billy Crystal 1995 Whoopi Goldberg 1994 David Letterman 1993 Whoopi Goldberg 1992 Billy Crystal 1991 Billy Crystal 1990 Billy Crystal 1989 Billy Crystal
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  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by Dignan666

    Sounds horrible.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Garry Shandling would have been my choice...

    by workshed

    ...back in 1994. Fuck Letterman.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I don't get it

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    and I like both actors, but still.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by j2talk


  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST

    James has a good shot at winning though...

    by ZeroC

    For 127 Hours. That's kind of weird...I don't think the host has ever won the year they were hosting.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    they want viewers right?

    by j2talk

    with the likely films nominated this year, they hire these two? Yeah, thats the way to grab viewers.....

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    This is total douche baggery

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    These are total light weights intended to appeal the baby shithead demo. Award shows appeal to fat women and faggots. Fuck all of it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Who is James Franco blowing?

    by torontoxic

    Is it the same guy as Anne Hathaway? Probably not. They're probably blowing two different guys. <P> Nails 1 and 2 in the Oscar's credibility coffin have names.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I didn't realize Crystal did it that many times

    by BadMrWonka


  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Apparently nobody wanted the gig

    by HollywoodHellraiser

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    so not excited

    by CoffeeShopThirtysix

    The more I see and hear Anne Hathaway the more she annoys me.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by daggor

    If they want me to watch the whole damn show, they need somebody fun that can keep the show together. This is not it. Reason? The cavalcade of diversity that will serve as guest presenters!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Steve Martin started as a stand-up comic.

    by ONeillSG1

    So just saying.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I like it, it's time for some young(er) hosts

    by pushthebuttonmax

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    You wouldn't know it from his latest films but...

    by invisibo

    Steve Martin is still considered a "comic."

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    You thought the oscars were boring before

    by Nerd Rage

    now they replace funny people with unfunny people.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams is my choice

    by andrewsubtitle

    With a good script he'd make them roar!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I got my reason not to watch now

    by _Venkman

    Unless they had Robin Williams or Bill Murray.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm


  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    2012 it will be The Situation and Snookie, mark my words

    by runawayboulder

    Seeing how the world is gonna end anyway.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I wish everyone hated Anne's looks the way AICN talkbackers do.

    by Hercules

    Then she'd me mine all mine ...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    If you're going to have an actor host it, let Kevin Spacey do it

    by Quadrillionaire

    He sings AND does impressions!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST

    The Oscars are boring anyways

    by MJDeViant

    as are all award shows. Unless Gervais makes jokes at them. Too bad he won't host the Oscars as he doesn't think he is a good fit. Probably true.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Was sure it would be Steve Carrell & Tina Fey.

    by Nice Marmot

    Or Stewart and Colbert. These 2 are very odd choices.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Whoa, Franco? Really!?

    by Shermdawg

    Dude clearly was on something while hosting SNL last time. Looks like whoever got him this gig was as well. <br><br> Horrible choice.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    the talkbacks...where Anne Hathaway is ugly

    by BadMrWonka

    and the sky is yellow and water is dry. <p>you know the theory that all the hillbillies talking about anal probing aliens are really just avoiding suppressed memories of drunken anal sex with their fellow hillbillies?<p> yeah, methinks a lot of the talkbackers have some personal issues to work through if they honestly think Anne Hathaway is unattractive. you missed national coming out day this year, but it will come again! it's 2010, you are free to be attracted to whichever sex you like...we aren't here to judge you! (unless you think beautiful women are ugly AND claim to be straight...then you are going to hear it)

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Fighting the urge to be complacent...

    by luke_lymon

    it used to be that networks competed to outdo the other. now it seems they are shooting for best in bland...that's right, I am not praising Franco or Hathaway, not that there is anything wrong with them. But there is something wrong with the people pushing those who need to work on their skills. Give us someone we can look up to and not people who publicists have heaavy investsments in.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Odd choices

    by dukeroberts

    I think Conan O'Brien or Steve Carell would be a good host. And, for the record, Anne Hathaway is rather yummy.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway

    by dukeroberts

    I do think though, that she doesn't look as good now as she does in that clip posted above. She looked rounder and even yummier then.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    It doesn't matter who hosts the Oscars...

    by PennsyDeux

    If the goal is higher ratings, they NEED TO NOMINATE A FEW MOVIES THAT AVERAGE AMERICAN MOVIEGOERS HAVE HEARD OF. For fuck's sake, there’s a vast disconnect between what bloggers love and what the ordinary average moviegoer does. 2009’s results in picture and director damaged the Academy’s reputation, maybe beyond repair. There needs to be a balance between what critics like and what the people like. You think millions of us are rooting for Sally fucking Hawkins to get a nomination for Made in Dagenham? Doubt it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Anne Hathaway's parents are connected or something, right? Her rise through Hollywood just doesn't make sense otherwise (at least not to the point where she's hosting the Oscars).

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Wait a second...

    by Jared

    ...this woman is ugly?!?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    we would all fuck the ass off her...

    by celebritydave

    not sure theres much going on inside her head though.. so shes kinda perfect. but yeah, dudes on here think this dunce is ugly.. but lumen from dexter is hot... figure that out.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Nope, not ugly at all {NSFW}

    by ATARI

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Hahahaha, Conan

    by BlaGyver

    woulda been a great slap in the face for Leno. Whoever suggested Stewart/Colbert is on the right track as well.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Somewhere Bruce Vilanch is writing forced "awkward interplay."

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    cuz didn't she date one before the fit hit the shan?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    There's no reason to watch this year's Oscars, anyway.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I can't remember a lousier year of mainstream film. I'm sure there's been one. I just can't remember it.<P>Three hours of watching them hand awards to KING'S SPEECH and the facebook movie, while young Hollywood sits there looking like the dull careerists they are.<P>And the usual stupid nonsense leading up to it about whichever Talkback favorite...what is it this year that will be robbed?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Have Timberlake do his "Omeletville" schtick...

    by Subtitles_Off

    That'll be perfectly appropriate for this. Still not the worst thing I've heard this week...Black Eyed Peas...Super Bowl.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Herc, you won't want Hathaway...

    by AnnoyYou

    ...when she turns into a blowsy clone of Liza Minelli, which she is about 10 years away from doing. Jesus, why do people love this hag? She's a terrible, self-conscious actress. Just look at her awful, mannered phone scene in Brokeback Mountain if you don't believe me. And every scene she did in The Devil Wears Prada just suffered in comparison to the great work done by Emily Blunt and Streep. She sucks. And now I'm not going to watch the Oscars (even though I love Franco).

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Your oscar host -- Charlie Sheen

    by paulloch

    Let's face it we'd all watch. If they want ratings, he's the perfect choice. And he'd be game at making fun of himself. Hope they don't screw up the death montage like last year, this year's is truly cry-worthy.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I don't "hate" Anne's looks

    by hst666

    I just don't understand how anyone can find her "hot" - And I don't mean Hollywood Hot. She's definitely attractive, but I would say a solid 7 or so. <p><p>And I am not one of these online assholes with impossibly high standards.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I was about to guess Tim & Eric

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Imagine what the Oscars would be like with those two hosting.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Ricky Gervais

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    ....'nuff said. <p> Oh wait, Americans don't get British humor, and Hollywood is too scared of someone who would drink beer on stage to make fun of Mel Gibson. Never mind. Carry on.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Franco seems to be the Hollywood "it" guy

    by estacado1

    of the moment. And you know he won't win for 127 hours because he's hosting. Hathaway looks delicious in Love and Other Drugs.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Chris Rock was funny

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Sean Penn had a stick up his ass.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Your Random Oscar hosts are Harry Osborn and the girl from Princ

    by shutupfanboy

    I don't mind the actors, but its so weird to shove them in there. Stewart/Colbert or just Colbert would have been fine. I just think the Hollywood elite won't get Colbert's shtick is done for irony.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Hathaway looks like a tranny.

    by fiester

    Search your feelings. You know this to be true.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    must be a shit year for movies

    by elsewhere

    no one wants the Oscar gig

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    The Oscars are the gay Superbowl so why not?

    by johnnyangelheart

    James Franco is gay. Anne Hathaway looks like a trannie. So they're perfect. If you watch the Oscars and you're male, you're probably gay, too, so why do you care?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    When Bob Hope and Johnny Carson ruled

    by skimn

    Yes those old fogies. They were in the Hollywood system, but outside enough to poke fun at the stars. And they had charisma, showmanship, and a natural ease. Something that a lot of entertainers lack on stage during a live broadcast.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    jimmy fallon

    by taff

    I agree with going younger and so Jimmy Fallon is my choice. Fallon is the late night host that has the best potential of becoming the next Johnny Carson and following in his footsteps in hosting Oscars as well as ruling late night. I doubt that anyone will ever top Billy Crystal, an absolutely brilliant host but the choices this year are lame, lame, lame...

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Unless Hathaway is showing her yams count CHOPPAH out


  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    So Hatthaway is the first woman to host?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Both ellen and whoopie hardly count as women

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Yes, Whoopi can hardly be considered a woman


  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck came up with those two?

    by jtp8000

    I think I must be in the Fringe alt-universe to explain that pairing. </p> Some 90 year old Academy bigwig must have thought they were hip

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I bet James will spit alot

    by Redhead_Redemption

    when he hosted SNL last year, the dude spit every time he spoke, it almost became comical and I wondered if he was doing it on purpose or was really high and couldn't control his mouth

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I can't believe I'm agreeing with Herc again.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Anne Hathaway is girl next door hot. She's the perfect mix of cute and hot. She has a nice smile. Obviously the haters on this talkback are gay.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    taff - I would laughed off your suggestion

    by skimn

    until I saw him host the Emmys. He still has that nervous eager-to-please attitude that he has to tone down, but his musical salute to Lost, 24, and Law And Order was brilliant.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Anne's not Ugly, but she's also not very sexy

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I think all the ugly hate stems from the fact that she is claimed to be the most georgeous woman alive... but she's clearly not.<P> she's stick thin with a joker smile, Frodo eyes and a toucan sam nose<P> She isn't really hot and nothing about her screams sexy, infact i'd imagine she has very sharp elbows and shoulder blades, which is kind of a turn off unless you need a guard dog

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Sarah Palin should host


    And Bristol can dance to the movie parody songs.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    I had no problems with hugh jackman

    by Redhead_Redemption

    infact that was the only oscers of the last 5 years that I can actually say I enjoyed. Why not have Jackman and hathaway host, no need for unibrow aids lips Franco

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Hathaway has distinct features

    by rainbowtrout1265

    As I've mentioned previously, I've seen her in person and she is VERY pale and VERY skinny. Her face has lost weight also, which makes her facial features look exaggerated and very distinct. She also takes herself way too seriously these days. BTW, I'm an assistant coach for a women's college soccer team, and you can find tons of better looking girls on any college campus. Her looks are like Julia Roberts, who also generates real love/hate opinions.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    These hosts reak of MTV movie awards

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I seriously think the Academy is trying really hard to get those younger viewers. I can almost see them adding a "Best Kiss" category by 2012

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Something I've noticed over the years

    by smackfu

    Is that most of Hollywood has NO ability to laugh at itself. Anytime they have a comedian hosting, the quick shots of actors reacting to fun being poked at them frequently involve deadpan glowering until they realize they're onscreen.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    My God, reading these posts remind me of the movie

    by skimn

    Looker, where models were critiqued down to the most precise milimeter. Yes, most city blocks have women just as or more pretty than current actresses. But, throw them on stage and see how they do.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Ummm...aren't the hosts supposed to be funny?

    by Beezbo

    My choice: Larry David.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    fuck the oscars

    by spidercoz

    Who gives a shit? The day everyone in Hollywood give each other handjobs for being able to string two words together to form a semi-coherent thought or occasionally read off a page, bra-fucking-vo. It'd be fun if there were actual quantifiable prerequisites to winning one of those misshapen golden dildoes, there'd be years when nobody got shit. "And the nominees for best actor, well, I guess we'll try this again next year."

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    you lost me at Bra-Fucking

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Sounds fun!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by johnnyangelheart

    It would help if they named the awards what they really were: Best Performance by Some Old Guy We Should Have Awarded 20 Years Ago. Best Performance By a Hot Young Starlet Playing a Prostitute. Most Self-Righteous and Politically Correct Movie of the Year.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Is this supposed to get me to watch?

    by SithMenace

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Get Betty White out there during the memorial section

    by Stuntcock Mike

    and kill her.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Let Harry Knowles host

    by Redhead_Redemption

    He did such a great job on the Expendables bluray

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Meh.. epic Oscar fail........

    by Dark Doom

    Umm.. is that crickets I hear?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    That's two days in a row THE CHOPPAH made me laugh.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Sarah Palin SHOULD host The Oscars. America's Winking Idiot™ could joke about North Korea and take back THE SOCIAL NETWORK's Oscar to give it to INCEPTION, a movie she thought was really smart and awesome. She'd be caught muttering into her mike during the Obituary, "Good, another dead liberal. There's another one. Oh, I hated that Commie." In her monologue, she'd tell us we have to protect Hollywood from encroaching diversity by having more mo-cap 3D, and she'd blame Obama for the length of the show.<br><br><br><br>By the way, CHOPs, if you're the same one from yesterday, that "Ever mourned a loved one who's a zombie? No, you haven't! So shut up about The Walking Dead's dumbassery, because you don't know!" cracked me way-DEƒUCK® up.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Worst host ever: Letterman?

    by FlandersBum


  • Nov. 30, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Well we know Anne has great taste in men so you might have a chance.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Goblin Jr hosting this shit? WTF!

    by Stalkeye

    Atleast Rock was funny, but james Franco? fuckers can do better than that.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway, getting lovelier every day.

    by AsimovLives

    That woman is made of loveniless. Which is mighty sexy. By the way, is Anne Hathaway her real name? Because that was William Shakespeare's wife name as well.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I got a real bad start with THE_CHOPPAH, but i'm loving everything he writes nowdays. This place would not be the same without him. You heard that, CHOPPAH?

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That would make it the most boring live event TV show ever. It's not for nothing they have hosts in it. Have some sense about it, man.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The host should be

    by Colonel Activity

    Shaquille O'Neal as KAZAAM! the rapping genie.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    when I read "duo" I thought of

    by v3d

    Penn & Teller. They would be awesome.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    I wish everyone thought Anne Hathaway wasn't sexy.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

    there are a LOT of people in the world who feed their egos by bucking against the perceived tastes of the masses, you're not alone. I bet that felt pretty refreshing, I might partake myself and proclaim that the Beatles are highly overrated, <name of obscure band from the 60s you've never heard of> were much, much better. You should check them out some time.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    When in doubt call Billy Crystal

    by ricarleite2

    That's what I say

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Billy Crystal????

    by jim

    Geez, what is it 1990 (and 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004) again already?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Subtitles_Off and AsimovLives


    As far as I know, I am the only CHOPPAH in operation here anymore. Subtitles, your suggestions for SP hosting the Oscars made THE CHOPPAH crack a smile, as well. Asimov, I love to too, man!

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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST



    @ HATHAWAY? Put, it back in your pants. bud. THE CHOPPAH'S got dibs on chicks with throw rugs for eyebrows.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I miss Bob Hope hosting the Oscars

    by I Max U Mini

    OMG!!!! Did I just give away my age group?????

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    re. the death montage (in memoriam)

    by ragingfluff

    ditto to comment above; I don't see dead people because the Oscars director keeps cutting to James Taylor or Queen Latifah singing .. the old format: full screen, two minutes, quick clips, moving music in the BACKGROUND ... was just fine. Honestly, the SAG awards montage is always better and more respectful