Oscars a Family Affair as Co-Hosts Anne Hathaway, James Franco Give Shout-Outs to Mom, Grandma

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway at Oscars

James Franco and Anne Hathaway included their moms in their Oscars opening. Credit: Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images

Walking the red carpet at the Oscars with your mom never fails to make a good impression. Justin Timberlake and Russell Brand were among the stars who opted to take their mothers as dates to this year's Academy Awards.

But it's hard to beat a shout-out to Mom and Grandma during a broadcast reaching some 40 million viewers -- as co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco did when they included the important women in their lives during their opening remarks.

First, Hathaway asked Franco if he was excited about the prestige his Best Actor nomination would bring him.

"For the rest of your life, everyone will refer to you as Academy Award winner James Franco," she says.

"What do you mean everyone, like, like, even my mom? That'd be weird if my mom called me Academy Award winner James Franco. I've known her a long time," he responds, pointing at his mother in the audience.

Hathaway then finds her mom in the crowd. "Hi, Mom! ... You look so beautiful, Mom!" she says.

"Oh, thank you, honey," Mom says, standing. "And, honey? Stand up straight. Mr. Steven Spielberg's here, honey."

Then Franco asks his grandmother, also in the audience, how he's doing as host.

"I just saw Marky Mark," she replies to laughs.

Talk about earning some extra points with the parents.

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