Oscars so fresh and so green

James Franco and Anne Hathaway were a breath of fresh air as far as Oscar hosts go.

The opening of the 83rd annual Academy Awards focused heavily on the “fresh, hip” MCs Anne Hathaway, 28, and James Franco, 32 — the youngest people ever to host the ceremony.

In the opening montage, Hathaway and Franco raced through scenes of each of the nominated pictures, borrowing from “Inception”‘s dream-within-a-dream premise, in a quest to learn how to properly host the show. They sought the guidance of last year’s co-host Alec Baldwin who quipped, “If this were my dream, I’d be hosting the Oscars. [It’s] a dream inside a dream. You’ve been ‘Inceptioned!’”

The montage notably left out “Toy Story 3” and “127 Hours” for which Franco was nominated — instead inexplicably putting in a clip of the two driving in the “Back to the Future” DeLorean.  

The highlighting of their age continued when a perky Hathaway and a laconic Franco took to the stage, calling out to their mother and grandmother respectively. Hathaway’s mom called out from the audience for her to stand up straight. “Really mommy?” asked Hathaway. “In front of a billion people?”

Kirk Douglas, 94, although having suffered from a stroke, took the stage and milked his moment with a torturously slow reveal of the “Best Supporting Actress” winner. But when Melissa Leo was finally announced as the winner, she asked the legend to pinch her. In between sighs, Leo slipped a few muted expletives into her speech, saying “When I saw Kate [Winslet] do this two years ago, it looked so [bleep] easy.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…

International

China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…

National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

Movies

What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Food

Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…