Anne Hathaway Calls Oscar Hosting Gig 'An Amazing Adventure'

Co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway give their opening monologue onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on February 27, 2011 Co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway give their opening monologue onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on February 27, 2011

Anne Hathaway received props from former Oscar host Billy Crystal at Sunday’s Governor’s Ball, just another highlight of her whirlwind night as co-host of The 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

“I haven’t really imbibed yet tonight, and I just thought, ‘I can’t do the press line without a little champagne,’” Anne told Access Hollywood, as she raised a celebratory glass of champagne.

“That felt really good. I didn’t realize I was doing it for [Crystal’s praise,] but it turns out I was because my heart just exploded,” the actress said. “We rehearsed together… the first thing I did was kneel before [Crystal,] and take his hand and the second thing I did was [ask him,] ‘Tell me what to do,’ and he said, ‘Just look like you want to be there every single second that you are on camera.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I got that part in the bag,’ because this whole thing has been such an amazing adventure and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now.

“I was working with the loveliest people, it was the most effortless collaboration that it never felt like work,” Anne continued. “I really mean it, it was an adventure. And I was so curious what was going to happen next, I had no idea what I was doing, so I was just really curious.”

The actress also shared her own praise for co-host James Franco.

“I’m in love with James Franco. The world is in love with James Franco right now. He’s wonderful, and thank God for him,” she told Access. “He’s so original, he’s doing his own thing and he doesn’t care about what anyone thinks about him, I really look up to him.”

Anne said Melissa Leo’s f-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress winner on Sunday was a welcome wrench in the telecast.

“Melissa Leo, I salute you… Congratulations, first of all, and thank you so, so much for giving us fodder — we needed it for the rest of the evening,” Anne added. “But, the evening went well, so it turns out we didn’t need it so much.”

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