Anne Hathaway isn't necessarily surprised the Academy Awards are having a hard time finding a host. After the award show's intended host, Kevin Hart, stepped down after a number of homophobic tweets resurfaced, it's fairly certain at this point the Oscars will not have a host for the first time ever. Hathaway, who hosted alongside James Franco in 2011, is now being asked to weigh in on the controversy as she promotes her latest film, Serenity.
In addition to the time and effort the hosting gig requires, Hathaway thinks the show's gravitas is a drawback for potential hosts. "It's not the Golden Globes, where you can be irreverent and be a little drunk and curse. There's a sense of occasion to it," she told the Associated Press. "We're living through a time right now where people don't take kindly to a sense of occasion to or somebody who self-aggrandizes or any of those things. There is something in the DNA of the Oscars that is about that."
Hathaway didn't have an easy go of it when she hosted the Oscars, either. She was criticized for trying too hard, while Franco was criticized for not trying hard enough. Those who have stepped into the arguably thankless job since haven't fared much better, particularly since live-tweeting became a thing. "I do understand why people don't necessarily really want to take it on," Hathaway said. While she added that she thinks the show is going through a "moment of growing pains," it's hard not to question if the moment will ever truly pass.