General Hospital’s James Franco Nominated for Oscar

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James Franco (Franco, GH)Oscar nominated James Franco returns to General Hospital in February

James Franco (Franco, General Hospital) has been nominated for Best Actor for his role in "127 Hours" in the 83rd Annual Academy Awards it was announced today in Los Angeles.

Who knew that when Franco approached the producers of the Los Angeles-based soap opera General Hospital in 2009, asking them to write him in as a character on their show, that two years later he would

land an Oscar nomination?  The soap worlk did know they were getting an extraordinary talent.

"We are thrilled to announce that James Franco will play an integral part in a lengthy run on General Hospital this fall," General Hospital Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps said in 2009. "It's an honor that an actor of Franco's caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles."

General Hospital fans were then treated to a rather psycho-artist who had a vendetta against the character of Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). Franco reprised the role on and off from late November 2009 through 2010, even shooting scenes on location at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The treat for General Hospital fans is that James Franco returns to the soap in February 2011.

Not only is Franco an accomplished actor, co-starring in some major Hollywood blockbusters like the Spiderman franchise, but he's been enrolled in not one but four scholastic pursuits. He's attended both NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Filmmaking program, while studying toward his MFA in writing from Columbia University. He is also now taking classes at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design.  He has written and or directed several produced screenplays, including: The Feast of Stephen (2009) (screenplay and directed), Herbert White (2009) (screenplay and directed), Good Time Max (2007) (written by and directed), The Ape (2005) (written by and directed), Fool's Gold (2005) (play "Emma") (play "Fools Gold") (screenplay and directed). His most recent passion is a multimedia project called "Three's Company The Drama" in which he combines video and art to update the former sitcom starring John Ritter. It's currently on display at the Sundance Film Festival.  He is now in talks to star in  The Iceman, and is rumored to be high on the list to join Kate Hudson in the new Linda Lovelace biopic.

Along with his Oscar nomination, Franco was nominated for Golden Globe Award this year but lost to Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network. He faces Eisenberg again as a fellow Oscar nominee.

The film, "127 Hours," the true story of an accomplished climber's grueling struggle to survive after falling into a fissure during a routine climbing outing with friends, also garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, Best Adaptation and Best Film Editing. Get the complete list of all the Oscar nominations below.

Franco will co-host the Academy Awards airing on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 8 PM Eastern/ 5 PM Pacific on ABC, and he returns to General Hospital for two episodes Friday, February 25th and Monday, February 28th where he'll reprise the role of artist Franco and will again wreak havoc with Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) among other Port Charles residents.

Congratulations to soap star, James Franco, for his Oscar nod.  More on James Franco at Soapdom.

Oscar Nominations List 2011

Best Picture
'Black Swan'
'The Fighter'
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The King's Speech'
'127 Hours'
'The Social Network'
'Toy Story 3'
'True Grit'
'Winter's Bone'

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, 'Black Swan'
David O. Russell, 'The Fighter'
Tom Hooper, 'The King's Speech'
David Fincher, 'The Social Network'
Joel and Ethan Coen, 'True Grit'

Best Actor
Javier Bardem, 'Biutiful'
Jeff Bridges, 'True Grit'
Jesse Eisenberg, 'The Social Network'
Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'
James Franco, '127 Hours'

Best Actress
Annette Bening, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Nicole Kidman, 'Rabbit Hole'
Jennifer Lawrence, 'Winter's Bone'
Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan'
Michelle Williams, 'Blue Valentine'

James Franco, Anne Hathaway

Oscar Co-Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, 'The Fighter'
John Hawkes, 'Winter's Bone'
Jeremy Renner, 'The Town'
Mark Ruffalo, 'The Kids Are All Right'
Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's Speech'

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, 'The Fighter'
Helena Bonham Carter, 'The King's Speech'
Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter'
Hailee Steinfeld, 'True Grit'
Jacki Weaver, 'Animal Kingdom'

Best Animated Feature Film
'How to Train Your Dragon'
'Toy Story 3'

Best Foreign Film
Mexico - 'Biutiful'
Greece - 'Dogtooth'
Denmark - 'In a Better World'
Canada - 'Incendies'
Algeria - 'Outside the law'

Best Original Screenplay
'Another Year'
'The Fighter'
'The Kids Are All Right'
'The King's Speech'

Best Adapted Screenplay
'127 Hours'
'The Social Network'
'Toy Story 3'
'True Grit'
'Winter's Bone'

Best Art Direction
'Alice in Wonderland'
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I'
'The King's Speech'
'True Grit'

Best Costume Design
'Alice in Wonderland'
'I Am Love'
'The King's Speech'
'The Tempest'
'True Grit'

Best Original Song
'Coming Home' - 'Country Strong'
'I See the Light' - 'Tangled'
'If I Rise' - '127 Hours'
'We Belong Together' - 'Toy Story 3'

Best Original Score
'How to Train Your Dragon' John Powell
'Inception' Hans Zimmer
'The King's Speech' Alexandre Desplat
'127 Hours' A.R. Rahman
'The Social Network' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Documentary
'Exit Through the Gift Shop'
'Inside Job'
'Waste Land'

Best Film Editing
'Black Swan'
'The Fighter'
'The Kings Speech'
'127 Hours'
'The Social Network'

Best Makeup
'Barney's Version'
'The Way Back'
'The Wolfman'

Best Sound Editing
'Toy Story 3'
'TRON: Legacy'
'True Grit'

Best Sound Mixing
'The King's Speech'
'The Social Network'
'True Grit'

Best Visual Effects
'Alice in Wonderland'
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1'
'Iron Man 2'

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
'Killing in the Name'
'Poster Girl'
'Strangers No More'
'Sun Comes Up'
'The Warriors of Qiugang'

Best Visual Short Film (Animated)
'Day & Night'
'The Gruffalo'
'Let's Pollute'
'The Lost Thing'
'Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)'

Best Short Film (Live Action)
'The Confession'
'The Crush'
'God of Love'
'Na Wewe'
'Wish 143'


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