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  • James Franco

    Born on April 19, 1978 in Palo Alto, California

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127 Hours (2010)

James Franco as "Aron Ralston"

While exploring a remote canyon in Utah, mountaineer and adventurer Aron Ralston (James Franco) becomes trapped when a boulder falls on his arm. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and considers his options, leading him to an agonizing choice: to amputate his arm so that he can extricate himself and try to make his way back to civilization or remain pinned to the canyon wall and likely die. Based on Ralston's book, "Between a Rock and a Hard Place."

Academy Award (2010) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010) Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2010) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Milk (2008)

James Franco as "Scott Smith"

In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with Milk determined to accomplish something meaningful in his life. Settling in the Castro District, he opens a camera shop and helps transform the area into a mecca for gays and lesbians. In 1977 he becomes the nation's first openly gay man elected to a notable public office when he wins a seat on the Board of Supervisors. The following year, Dan White (Josh Brolin) kills Milk in cold blood.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Pineapple Express (2008)

James Franco as "Saul Silver"

Stoner Dale Denton's (Seth Rogen) enjoyment of a rare strain of marijuana may prove fatal when he drops his roach in a panic after witnessing a murder. Upon learning that the fancy weed can be traced back to them, Dale and his dealer (James Franco) go on the lam, with a dangerous drug lord (Gary Cole) and crooked cop (Rosie Perez) hot on their heels.

Golden Globe (2008) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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