If this is the best the most creative minds on the planet can do, they should just stop the whole thing after this year and maybe just text everyone announcement of their selection as Academy Award winners.
Anne Hathaway and James Franco have ZERO chemistry. Hathaway is all giddy nothingness, Franco looks like he needs someone to pry his eyelids open. When Billy Crystal came out and told a few jokes and introduced a special effect of Bob Hope cracking wise at the podium, it seemed like a five million pound weight lifted from the auditorium. Finally there were people on stage that could command the role of host. Unfortunately they were only there for five minutes.
Nothing has worked in this show, from the opening clips where Hathaway and Franco were 'magically' inserted into the Best Picture nominees, to the lame musical interludes patched onto Harry Potter and other non musical films.
Kirk Douglas, who is 94 years old and has a severe speech impediment, due to a years ago stroke , stole the show and gave a glimpse of what a screen presence actually looked like, back in the day.
Today's group looks and acts like kids that broke into mom and dad's closet and put on the grown up dress up clothes.