London: Actress Anne Hathaway has offered tips on hosting the Oscars to next year`s first-time helmer Seth MacFarlane.
Hathaway, 30, co-hosted the 2011 Academy Awards with James Franco but their presentation of the ceremony was roundly criticized in the press, reported Digital Spy.
"This is my advice to Seth based on my own experience. You have to try to strike a balance between keeping the people of the room entertained and keeping the people at home from thinking you`re nuts.
"The instinct is to play to the room, because otherwise the audience there gets really bored and restless. Me with my theater background, I played to the back row of the Kodak, which has 3,500 people. To the people at home, it could come off as a little over-the-top. I`ve never seen [the whole thing)... But I felt like I made a rookie mistake," she said.
The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.