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February 22, 2011 > The Oscars

The Oscars

By Mona Shah

This year hosting duties for the Academy Awards fall on two young actors who's standing with critics is on the rise. Anne Hathaway and James Franco will be sharing the stage for the 83rd Academy Awards. Hathaway is no stranger to the Academy Awards stage; she did a little dance performance with Hugh Jackman, two years ago when he hosted the show.

Oscar hopeful themselves, both hosts could go home with the coveted statuette. 32-year old Franco is considered a sure thing to get a Best Actor nod for his portrayal of Aron Ralston in "127 Hours" and 27-year old Hathaway may get a second nomination (her first was for Rachel Getting Married in 2008) for "Love and Other Drugs."

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

The Academy Awards are set to take place Sunday, February 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will air live on ABC at 8 p.m.

Not only the hosts and entertainment, but ultimately its the quality of movies and performances that will draw viewers that night, especially if office pools and bragging rights are at stake.

For expanded coverage of Oscar nominees and our Arts & Entertainment Editor's top picks, watch for the Friday, February 25 edition of Tri-City Voice.

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