James Franco Joins Facebook and Twitter

12:25 PM PST 02/20/2011 by Charlie Amter

The actor also picked up the Vanguard Award Saturday at Boulder International Film Festival.

James Franco accepted an award last night in Colorado at the Boulder International Film Festival, and is already reaping the rewards of recently joining Twitter and Facebook. The actor, who joined both social networking services days ago, now boasts over 112,000 followers on Twitter and his ID is emerging.

"Join the club," he said yesterday via Twitter, referencing a photo he posted on what looks like a private jet where someone is holding up a sign that says "Mile High Club."

The Milk star is also making plenty of friends on Twitter, despite a limited number of tweets, thanking Steve Martin Sunday who tweeted to Franco: "Have a great Oscars, James."

Saturday night, Franco collected the film festival's Vanguard award. The 32-year-old also took part in a wide-ranging Q&A at the sold-out event inside the Boulder Theater, conducted by Ron Bostwick, BIFF's executive producer of special events.

The 2011 Academy Awards co-host took questions from fans and spoke about his role in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, which earned Franco a best actor Oscar nomination.

Asked if he had cold feet regarding his forthcoming co-hosting gig, Franco could only manage: "No...whatever."

The actor was more ready to talk about his past and how he got started as an actor.

"I left school when I was 19," he said. "I took a shot at acting ... The chances [for success] were slim, but because I took that chance it allowed me resources that would enable me [to succeed].

"I feel grateful...I really have had a good life," the actor added Saturday night.

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