The Academy Awards will now be a little less colorful this year with confirmation that co-host James Franco will not be impersonating Oscar-snubbed Cher, reports New York magazine.
Bruce Vilanch, who will once again write jokes for the awards ceremony on February 27, offers a glimpse of what viewers shouldn't expect.
"We had a great bit where James Franco was going to come on as Cher and be interrupted by [the real] Cher," Vilanch says. "But the song ["You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from Burlesque] wasn’t nominated, and so she’s not coming."
Vilanch reveals that Franco, a best actor nominee for 127 Hours, and co-host Anne Hathaway will "sing and dance…together and separately. And maybe even with other people."
"I'm trying to find something James Franco is bad at," Vilanch says. "And he does it all with one arm — he really is Method. He actually got rid of his arm."