James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host 2011 Oscars

James Franco and Anne Hathaway Franco and Hathaway follow in the footsteps of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin

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Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the 2011 Oscar ceremony, its organisers have announced.

According to producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, the "fresh, exciting and multi-talented" pair "personify the next generation of Hollywood icons".

Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for Rachel Getting Married, while Franco is best known for his Harry Osborn role in the Spider-Man films.

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosted this year's awards in March.

Cohen and Mischer said they hoped the Oscar broadcast would enable Franco and Hathaway to "showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world".

"We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that," they continued.

Hathaway, whose films include Alice in Wonderland, Becoming Jane and The Devil Wears Prada, has appeared on four previous Oscar telecasts.

Anne Hathaway said she is 'terrified' at the prospect of presenting the 2011 Oscar ceremony

In 2009, the 28-year-old was memorably plucked from the audience by then host Hugh Jackman to perform a musical skit based on the film Frost/Nixon.

Franco, whose other films include Milk, Pineapple Express and Eat, Pray, Love, will be making his second appearance on an Oscar show.

The 32-year-old has been tipped for a best actor nomination next year for his role as a trapped rock climber in Danny Boyle's new film 127 Hours.

The Academy Awards will be held on 27 February at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Before that, Hathaway will co-host this year's Nobel peace prize concert in Norway on 11 December with actor Denzel Washington.

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