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The Academy Awards don’t air until mid-February. However, this year’s host Neil Patrick Harris is already getting some helpful tips from former hosts of the biggest evening in entertainment honoring films of the year. Harris will have a difficult performance to top after last year’s show where Ellen tweeted the selfie of the year – winning her the most likes ever on an Instagram picture.

It’s not DeGeneres though who is offering her moral support. Rather Anne Hathaway, who arguably had a traumatic experience hosting the 2011 Oscars, is giving some wise advice that Harris has likely taken to heart.

In a new interview with New York Times Magazine, Hathaway humbly suggested to the father of two, "Do the opposite of what I did, and you’ll be fine," she said. The Rachel’s Getting Married actress was then asked what went wrong the year she co-hosted with James Franco. She kindly replied, "I think it’s so obvious that it doesn’t even need to be identified." She then added, "He’ll be great. He’s a natural host."

The 2011 Oscars were harshly criticized by viewers and critics when Franco was dubbed nearly invisible and Hathaway steamrolled the event in a "hyper-cheerleader" kind of way.

Since the negative backlash, the Les Miserables actress has taken criticism more lightly after struggling to overcome the haters for a while. She explained, "Self-acceptance. If you’re not someone who has a natural and effortless love for yourself, it’s hard to let go of your desire to please other people, and that’s really not an ingredient for a happy life."

Why do people dislike her so much, though? Well, Hathaway won’t take the negative route. "Oh, I think you can’t answer that and be a self-respecting person," she explained.

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