James Franco: I invented the Oscars selfie

The actor, dubbed "the selfie king," snapped many mug shots during his co-hosting gig with Anne Hathaway at the 2011 Oscars - but somehow they didn't take off like Ellen's

It’s kind of hard to forget the odd pairing of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts of the Academy Awards in 2011. Stilted delivery, humdrum jokes and an general lack of excitement (not to mention Franco’s turn in drag) saw the pair labelled some of the ceremony’s worst hosts in recent memory.


But during a recent interview on NBC’s Today Show in the US, Franco got a little peeved that there’s one aspect of his hosting gig people have forgotten. 

“I took some videos and selfies at my Oscars and I got criticised for it,” he said.” “Now [Ellen DeGeneres is] getting a lot of attention for hers. I don’t get it.”

It’s no secret that Franco is a fan of the selfie. His Instagram account is flooded with self-snapped mug shots, and he’s even written a column in the New York Times entitled The Meanings of the Selfie.

“I have been accused of posting too many of them,” the actor/director writes in the column. “I was called out on the Today show, and have even been called the selfie king.”

So why didn’t his Oscar selfies take off the way that Ellen DeGeneres’ did? Franco has his own theory.

“I guess maybe I didn’t include Meryl Streep and Bradley Cooper in my Oscar selfies, so maybe that’s why it went wrong.” 

DeGeneres’s world-famous Oscar selfie, which also features actors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, is now the most retweeted Twitter post ever. It’s also been parodied numerous times, in Lego, by The Simpsons and even in balloon art form, but always with one thing in common – no James Franco…