Wednesday, January 26, 2011

James Franco not quite ready to polish Colin Firth's statue yet

One of the tightest races of the year is for Best Actor Acadamy Award, where Colin Firth's performance as King George VI in "The King's Speech" is up against James Franco's turn as hiker Aron Ralston in "127 Hours." One overcomes a speech impediment to lead his nation into World War II; the other cuts off his arm to escape a life-or-death situation.

Firth so far has won almost all the Best Actor awards in the guilds and critics awards, but Franco definitely has the best shot at the upset. And yet Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer all but gave Firth the statue in their live interview with him on "The Today Show" this morning(the cheek). The only problem? Franco, teed up for his own interview from a Yale University building where he was about to go to class, was listening to the whole Firth segment. So when it was his turn to be interviewed, he called our Viera and Lauer on it. The funny clip, which shows you how smart of a decision it was to hire Franco as co-host of the Oscars.He should have got one for Pineapple Express already.


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