James Franco is attending this year's Academy Awards as both a nominee and a host. He will share hosting duties with actress Anne Hathaway, while also being recognized for his performance in 127 Hours as mountain climber who is forced to take desperate measures in order to survive.
Franco began his acting career as a TV star, appearing in the short-lived but critically acclaimed series Freaks and Geeks. He subsequently earned the title role in the 2001 biopic James Dean, for which he won a Golden Globe and nominations for an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He later moved on to the big screen, showcasing his talents in fan-favorites such as Spider-Man and Pineapple Express. In 2008, Franco won an Independent Spirit Award for his supporting role as the boyfriend of politician Harvey Milk in Milk.