Anne Hathaway Pokes Fun at Her Infamous 2011 Oscars Hosting Gig with James Franco

On Instagram, Anne Hathaway reflected about co-hosting the 2011 Oscars ceremony with James Franco

Anne Hathaway is being a good sport about her widely criticized 2011 Oscars hosting gig.

Ahead of Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards ceremony, the actress 36, posted a throwback photo from the night to Instagram. Hathaway co-hosted the 83rd Academy Awards alongside James Franco.

The pair was panned for their performance, with critics saying Hathaway, 36, had gone overboard while Franco, 40, lacked energy.

“No matter what happens with today’s show, just remember, it’s already been worse,” she captioned the photo. “Happy Oscars!”

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In January, Hathaway told PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle that she felt off hours before she hit the stage for the Oscars.

“He didn’t give me anything,” Hathaway said about Franco. “God, I just remember the night before we’re about to go up there, and me turning to everyone and going, ‘Am I too much? This feels really big to me.’ And the producer just went, ‘No! Don’t do less. Do more if you need to.’ And I was like, ‘Oh okay, I guess it’s going great.’ And I didn’t realize what was happening about that whole thing.”

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Hathaway also revealed that it was Franco who really wanted her to take the job, even though she had some reservations about it.

“Hey, can I dish some tea? I turned that gig down and James is the one that convinced me to do it,” Hathaway told Cagle.

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In the end, Hathaway said she learned to trust her instincts.

“When all the dust settled, I was just like, ‘You gotta be kidding me. Your first instinct is usually the right one.’ And all the reasons why I turned it down came true. All of them. It’s just a no-win situation. You’re not trained at this, how is this going to enhance your life? All of the reasons why. Even the people who do it spectacularly well — like Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres — usually just get a ‘meh’ from everyone. It’s a really hard gig to stick the landing on.”

This year, there will be no Oscars host; Kevin Hart dropped out after his past homophobic remarks resurfaced online.

The 91st Academy Awards will be broadcasting live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on ABC.

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