James Franco and Anne Hathaway
Viewership for the 83rd annual Academy Awards telecast on ABC fell nearly 10 percent from last year, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Overnight ratings showed an average of 37.6 million people watched Sunday night's show. Some 41.7 million people tuned in last year's ceremony.
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Past experience has lowered our Oscar night expectations, but the enormity of this year's train wreck was hammered home when the starry audience stood and cheered as Billy Crystal took the stage midway through — as if to say: "Come back, Billy! Do something! Please save this show!"
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The 8-time former host teased, "We're running a little long, so here are the nominees for best picture." Bad boy. Funny boy. Boy oh boy, could the show have used a little more of Crystal's comic polish...
Anne Hathaway and James Franco
Anne Hathaway and James Franco's first foray into hosting the Oscars was a little rocky, but there were still plenty of top moments to be had from the ceremony:
Most Awkward Host Introduction: Ouch. Anne Hathaway and James Franco's requisite montage of fake clips from the Best-Picture nominees fell flat, but at least we got a small giggle from seeing Franco in a white, full-body leotard for their Black Swan spoof. Can we get him and Justin Timberlake doing "Single Ladies"?
One day before his hosting gig at the Academy Awards, James Franco took home the award for best male lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.
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When accepting his award, Franco, who is nominated for Best Actor at Sunday's Oscars for his 127 Hours role, thanked his agent, manager and publicist, who told him to take a break from school, saying, "James, you're an effing idiot if you don't do this movie."
After winning the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Black Swan, Natalie Portman also won...
Will The King's Speech stage a royal flush at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards? Or will The Social Network prove to have the most friends in all the right Hollywood places? We'll find out Sunday, but for now, let's make some predictions. So put on your thinking caps, bust out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to ours below while we count down to the big night.
TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage begins Sunday at 5 ET/2 PT with Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown, followed by Academy Awards Red Carpet with Chris Harrison at 6 ET/3 PT. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards start at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.
And be sure to tune in to TV Guide Network's Academy Awards Red Carpet Fashion Wrap the next night at 8/7c.
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Chris Harrison is set to interview Oscar nominee Natalie Portman and show host James Franco, but his real worry is Ryan Seacrest's hair.
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"We have competing hair stylists and I'm trying to poof mine up," Harrison jokes. "See what I've got going? This is like a Seacrest-plus-four."
TVGuide.com asked the TV Guide Network host about his biggest faux pas, who he'd hijack an interview for, and who he wants to win at Sunday's Academy Awards...
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It's a mad, mad, meta world when the Winchester brothers are transported to a parallel universe where Sam and Dean become their actual alter egos: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, stars of a TV show called Supernatural. Even weirder, Castiel turns out to be a Twitter fiend whose real name is Misha Collins, and so on. Sounds like a fun change of pace from the recent grim tidings. Meanwhile, in the same...
As I first reported last week, Oscar host and nominee James Franco is in talks with the Three's Company estate holders about developing the 1977-84 sitcom into a feature film and Broadway play — possibly with a dramatic take, after presenting this unusual concept as ...
James Franco and Anne Hathaway
To critics claiming that picking James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host this year's Academy Awards is shameless pandering to young audiences, Franco has only one thing to say: "Duh!"
Will it finally happen this time? General Hospital heroine Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) — whose past wedding days have all been disasters — is scheduled to marry crime lord Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) on February 18. Right now things don't look so good for the duo. Sonny is being haunted by prophetic dreams that something will go heinously wrong at the ceremony. His venomous ex-wife Carly (Laura Wright) plans to ruin the big day by revealing that Brenda has a secret past — and a child — with Sonny's son Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). And supervillain The Balkan (Daniel Benzali) also intends to be a party pooper — he's all set to kidnap the bride. Despite all this, head writer Bob Guza assures us that vows will be exchanged...