James Franco took home the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical on Sunday night.
Franco won out over Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes), Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) for his role as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.
Upon accepting the award, Franco called Wiseau up to the stage to join him, although Wiseau did not get to speak. (Franco held him back as he went to the mic.) Franco explained that 19 years ago, Wiseau was stuck in traffic from the Golden Globes and reached out to his best friend Greg (portrayed by Dave Franco in the film). Reading in character, Franco detailed the exchange, saying, “Golden Globes so what? I’m not invited. I know they don’t want me, guy with accent and long hair. So I show them, I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie.”
James Franco, who also directed the film, said he was very happy to be sharing the moment with Wiseau, and also thanked his cast and crew, including Seth Rogen and his brother. “I love [Dave] more than anything, thanks to my mother for giving him to me,” Franco said.
The Disaster Artist follows Wiseau and Greg as they make the film The Room, which would gain cult status as the “the best worst movie ever made,” as Franco pointed out Sunday night.
Backstage, Franco called the night “historic” and “powerful.” As for his thoughts on the Time’s Up movement, Franco said, “I guess I believe whenever any group is treated differently or given less right or less equality then it is everyone’s responsibility to stand up for change.”
Seth Meyers hosted the 75th annual Globes ceremony, which took place at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
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