James Franco called in to NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday (December 14) to share his reaction at scoring a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama category for his role in the Danny Boyle-directed "127 Hours." The actor, who also will co-host the Academy Awards in February and is expected to get a similar Oscar nod next month, expressed his excitement over the Golden Globe accolade just as he learned about it.
"Oh, thank you. I just heard, yes," he told Matt Lauer over the phone from Rhode Island. "My friend Barry from Fox/Searchlight [told me]. He's a text message friend. We send each other photos of fat animals."
Franco explained that he's particularly excited about the film's nominations, which include Best Screenplay and Best Original Score nods, given the story behind the flick. "You would think that movie would be the most static kind of narrative around, but actually I think Danny Boyle [made one of the] most dynamic movies out there," he said about the film, which tells the real-life story of a hiker who gets trapped in an isolated canyon.
The actor also released a statement to MTV News about the his nomination, saying, "I'm especially grateful to the [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] for this honor and I'm excited to see '127 Hours' being recognized this awards season. I'm happy for Danny Boyle and his team and our [directors of photography Enrique Chediak] and Anthony [Dod Mantle], who were there with me down in the canyon! I am so proud of the film and that Aron Ralston's story has been well received!"
Boyle also shared his excitement over the movie's noms in a statement that read, "We're absolutely delighted to be included in the nominations for the Golden Globes especially as HFPA were so generous to us on 'Slumdog [Millionaire]' 2 years ago. I'm particularly pleased for James as it's such a brave and exhilarating performance, and for Aron Ralston who took such a leap of faith in letting us tell his story in such an uncompromising way."
When speaking with MTV News in November, Franco said that he felt "127 Hours" rang true because his experience filming the part echoed the ordeal that Ralston went through. "For me, that really showed how parts of the way we approached this performance are authentic on a real level," he explained. "[We're] blurring the line between acting and experiencing, giving yourself physical tasks and trying to really complete them in a way."
The Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 16, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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