Why there’s no such thing as a good awards show host
Type “James Franco Oscars” into Google, and among the adjectives the search engine automatically suggests based on frequency of use are “stoned,” “high,” “bomb” and “terrible.”
Frankly, other than some prepositions, that’s about all the words you would need to describe his hosting of the 2011 Academy Awards: “James Franco was terrible; stoned or high. Bomb.”
Viewers will recall his performance: he began with what could charitably be called sleepy detachment, but as the show rolled on he looked like he could barely keep his eyes open. More than once, as he gazed blankly at the camera, poor co-host Anne Hathaway jumped in to say his lines, growing ever more frantic in the process. Franco would just smile, either bemused or bored. Possibly both.