Yesterday morning Seth Rogen hosted Film Independent’s Independent Spirit Awards (which aired last night on IFC). He did a better job than his pretty boy counterpart James Franco did hosting the Academy Awards.
Is that old? Is this old? Should I bring this up? Apples and Oranges right?
Maybe it’s because Rogen didn’t have some perky cornball co-host weighing down and defrauding his cool. Maybe it’s because Rogen knows how to handle his high in public. Maybe it’s because this was a laid back, ‘California casual’, anti-establishment independent awards show as opposed to the pompous mainstay old fart program like Oscar. Maybe it was because Franco is a bit too pretty to make irreverence look like anything other than assholery. Whatever it is, I’d say Rogen pulled off his lame jokes and indifference to judgment better than Franco in their two (vastly different) premiere hosting gigs.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the dirty drawers Franco wears to bed, but Rogen’s got one up on his friend when it comes to hosting shit. Check out his opening monologue (above). He pokes fun at himself earnestly, not painfully, like he was forced into it. Poor Franco.
- Indie Spirit Awards Official