Anne Hathaway's advice to Neil Patrick Harris about hosting the Oscars: "Do the opposite of what I did."
Remember the haties.
Enough already! It's been 4 years since Anne Hathaway and James Franco dropped a bus-sized bomb on the Academy Awards, yet some people still aren't ready to forgive her. And not just keyboard warriors and hater hobbyists. Even some journalists haven't let go, like the interviewer for New York Times Magazine, who grilled Anne as if she was sitting down to apply for the job of hosting this year's Oscars.
Hathaway may have thought she was sitting down to promote her upcoming movie, Song One. The interviewer clearly had other plans, and after four fluffy questions, opted to launch into an interrogation about the worst night of Hathaway's professional life.
When asked if she had any advice for this year's Oscar host, Anne replied in a polite, professional manner: "Do the opposite of what I did, and you'll be fine."
Well played. Short, self-effacing, and also pretty good advice. Because she was pretty terrible. But it was a long time ago. Evidently, not long enough for the Times reporter, who pressed on about that awful night in 2011.
When asked what she thought went wrong that night (as opposed to the slightly meaner "what went right?"), Anne did a pretty good job of remaining positive while attempting to shut it down. "I think it's so obvious that it doesn't even need to be identified. He'll be great. He's a natural host."
There. Happy now, Jack Bauer? It sounds like Anne is all cried out about the Oscars. Even the Hatha-haters have moved on to more recent blunders. Like the time she said "blurgh" at the Golden Globes (witch!), or when she complained about someone forgetting the "E" in her name at the Critic's Choice Awards (burn her!).