James Franco Career Milestones
James Franco’s metamorphosis into the title role of the TNT biopic James Dean earned him career-making reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture made for Television. He also received nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance.
Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and recognition from numerous critics’ associations for his starring role in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed drama 127 Hours.
Franco’s performance alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant’s Milk earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Franco was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green’s comedy Pineapple Express, where he starred opposite Seth Rogen. Franco is also known for his starring role as Harry Osbourne in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Franco was recently seen starring opposite Danny McBride and Natalie Portman in David Gordon Green’s comedy Your Highness. He also recently starred as the famous poet Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl. Franco also appeared in Ryan Murphy’s Eat, Pray, Love, alongside Julia Roberts, and he was a part of an all-star ensemble cast in Shawn Levy’s comedy Date Night. Franco will next be seen in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.
Franco’s additional credits include George C. Wolfe’s Nights in Rodanthe, Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah, Karen Moncrieff’s ensemble drama The Dead Girl, Tommy O’Haver’s drama An American Crime, John Dahl’s The Great Raid, Robert Altman’s The Company, plus City by the Sea (opposite Robert De Niro) and the Martin Scorsese produced Deuces Wild.
On television, Franco starred in the critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks.
Franco wrote, directed and starred in the features Good Time Max and The Ape. Herbert Wire, a short film that he wrote and directed, starring Michael Shannon, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. The Feast of the Stephen, written and directed by Franco, premiered and won a Teddy award at the Berlin Film Festival.
Additionally, Franco directed Saturday Night, a documentary on the week-long production of a Saturday Night Live episode, which originally premiered at SXSW; and The Clerk’s Tale, which premiered at Cannes. Franco recently wrote and directed a biography of poet Hart Crane called The Broken Tower, which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival.