Bland and Blander: critics were unimpressed with hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
By Lee Pfeiffer
We hate to say "We told you so" but...we told you so. A.M.P.A.S. quixotic obsession with getting a youthful audience for the Oscar broadcast has flopped. The bizarre choices of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts earned scorn from critics around the globe and the maddening race to keep the running time as short as possible resulted in winners being cut off at inopportune moments, if they had a chance to say a word at all. The bottom line is that the show's ratings flopped- especially among the younger viewers who were the target audience. Also generating criticism was Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo's "accidental" dropping of the "F bomb" in her acceptance speech- a timeworn tradition for those seeking to ensure some additional press the next morning. For the New York Times review click here