Last night definitely wasn’t the greatest night in the life of James Franco, in our opinion. But it so easily could have been. It seems that the “Spiderman” actor got a feeling his hosting gig on the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony hadn’t gone so well. He didn’t even show up to host his own party afterward!
The handsome “127 Hours” actor must have known he was unlikely to win the Best Actor Oscar for which he was nominated, when he was asked to co-host the ceremony. He had been nominated for his portrayal of Aron Ralston, a hiker who cut off his own arm to save his life after he was trapped in a canyon.
However, James Franco can hardly have guessed that his supremely boring presenting skills at this year’s Oscars would be so badly received. The young hosts, Franco and Anne Hathaway, were the Academy’s shameless attempt to “get down with the kids” and widen the audience demographic. Hathaway’s increasingly excitable attempts to inject some life into the proceedings without much help from her co-host looked dateless and desperate.
Maybe that is why Franco then skipped town without even showing up at the Los Angeles Supper Club to host his Oscars after-show party, which was attended by the likes of former Oscar winner, Kevin Spacey, and Franco’s co-star on “Pineapple Express”, Seth Rogen. Instead, Franco jumped aboard a private jet and Tweeted a photo of himself leaving L.A.
“Goodbye L.A.,” he wrote. “It was fun! Time to jet back to class.”
Was James Franco not just a little lacking in grace to skip out on his own after-Oscars party? What did you think to this year’s hosting: a breath of fresh air or like leaving the kids in charge of the school?