Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan twists James Franco‘s … well, arm … as they chat about “127 Hours.” For Franco, this was the most intense acting experience of his career, which began with a 2002 Golden Globe win for the TV biopic “James Dean.”
Among the 18 experts surveyed by Gold Derby, Franco is a strong contender for
Best Actor at the Oscars, ranking only behind Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”). And “127 Hours” sits in third place among the Best Picture possibilities behind “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network.”
Franco, who has just been announced as co-host with Anne Hathaway of this year’s Oscars, could be the first nominee to preside over these awards since Original Screenplay contender Paul Hogan (“Crocodile Dundee”) did so in 1986; he lost to Woody Allen (“Hannah and Her Sisters”).