James Franco Reveals What It Was Like to Host the Oscars

James Franco was recently nominated for Best Actor at the Gotham Independent Film Awards for his performance in the upcoming feature film The Disaster Artist. Could Franco win an Academy Award for his acting in the biopic about the making of the cult classic movie, The Room?

Franco previously received an Oscar nomination in 2010 for the movie 127 Hours. That same year, he co-hosted the show with Anne Hathaway.

That said, Franco was not too happy with his performance during the live telecast. “At the time I justified it to myself,” Franco said about his performance. “‘This will be an experiment. This will be weird.’ Part of me was so uncomfortable with the attention of being nominated, but also fear of losing, because everybody was talking about Colin Firth [who eventually won for The King’s Speech].” He continued, “I mean, I shouldn’t have been doing it. Honestly, I think the biggest criticism of me, it seemed like I was high or low energy. In my head, I was trying to be the straight man. I guess I just went too far or came across as the dead man.”

Jimmy Kimmel has already been announced as the 2018 Oscars host, so Franco won’t have to work on the show again.