Well, that’s awkward. Ahead of the Oscars on February 24, Anne Hathaway tried to poke a little fun at herself about her previous hosting gig with James Franco back in 2011 but fans weren’t laughing. It’s considered one of the most disastrous awards shows of all time, and the actress acknowledging it made it more cringe-worthy.
“No matter what happens with today’s show, just remember, it’s already been worse,” the 36-year-old wrote on Instagram. She added, “Happy Oscars!”
James was criticized for poor writing and a lackluster performance while Anne was perceived as overly upbeat and tip-toed the line of irritating. “Anne chose this picture because James’ eyes are closed. That sums up his input as a host. He was sleeping,” one person commented on the Devil Wears Prada star’s post.
Other users saw it as a small jab towards her co-host. “Anne’s got shade for days,” someone wrote while another commenter added, “You were fabulous. He was terrible. I will loathe him forever.”
The 40-year-old actor claimed to Playboy after the show that he was trying to compliment the actress’ stage presence. “I thought, OK, Anne is going the enthusiastic route. I’ve been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to people I’m working with, and not to force anything,” he explained. “So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that’s how I was trying to do those lines.”
Last month, Anne admitted to ET that she tries to take all things in stride. “My approach to all this stuff is really simple: we’re lucky,” the Oscar winner explained. “Whether or not it does well or it bombs, this is the stuff of dreams. This is not something to get upset about. Now, that being said, when it really bombs, it does sting a bit. I think it might end up being a net positive over life. Well, the lessons that I learned, the life lessons about who to trust and when to trust them, that’s going to be the net positive.”
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