A decade after Anne Hathaway, 38, and James Franco, 42, hosted the 2011 Oscars — famous for being the “worst show ever” — the team of producers behind the broadcast recently opened up about what really went wrong that fateful night.
As viewers may remember, Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s pairing came off on the Oscars stage as being awkward, but that wasn’t the only issue with the show. Megan Amram, a comedian who was tasked with drafting some of the show, noted that she thought the duo was “random” from the very beginning.
As The Post’s Lou Lumenick put it: “I’ve been watching Oscar shows on TV since the late 1950s, and I’ve never seen anything remotely as awful and mind-numbing as Sunday night — a perfect storm of incompetent hosts, terrible writing, awkward moments.”
“It was like the world’s most uncomfortable blind date between the cool rocker stoner kid and the adorable theater camp cheerleader,” David Wild, who was a part of the writing team that year, told the Ringer. “I call it an incredibly dark significant comic event in my life.”
Jordan Rubin, one of the show’s organizers, added that there was some tension between Anne Hathaway and James Franco. “She showed up ready to play and committed 110 percent,” he told the Ringer. “And he was a great guy but often looked like he had just woken up from a nap.”