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November 29, 2010  | by: Laura Rosenfeld

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the 2010 Academy Awards. The Academy continues their trend of having two hosts for the Oscars telecast, which began at last year’s show with Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

After a string of middle-aged hosts, Franco, 32, and Hathaway, 28, will definitely bring a more youthful approach to the Oscars telecast. With this selection, the Academy may be trying to reach a younger audience with this year’s awards show.

“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons ― fresh, exciting and multi-talented,” Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said in a press release. “We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27.”

Franco and Hathaway may be famous for some of their more dramatic roles, but they are not one-dimensional performers. Franco and Hathaway have shown their comedic sides in films like Pineapple Express and Bride Wars, respectively. Hathaway is also a talented singer, as heard during the opening number of the 2008 Academy Awards. Here’s hoping there will be no shortage of entertaining musical numbers, comedic repartees and graceful introductions with these two versatile performers.

The 2010 Academy Awards will air live Sunday, February 27 on ABC.

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