James Franco received the Outstanding Performance award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday where he dished on the people that have been instrumental in the progress of his career, some of whom needed convincing.
"I have a lot of people in my life that I've been working with since the beginning," said Franco. "My agent now is a woman named Kami Putnam and she was the first agent I ever met. She rejected me 15 years ago and now it's come full circle and I'm working with her, so that's kind of nice."
ET's Leonard Maltin was on hand and revealed how special it is for Franco to be given this distinction.
"I've been coming to this festival many years but James Franco's one of the youngest people I've ever interviewed who's getting this kind of honor," said Maltin. "But then you look at how much he's accomplished in the last 10 years or so -- it's pretty impressive."
Click the video to see what Franco said about this years Oscars airing Sunday, February 27 on ABC, where he will be the first nominee to co-host the ceremony.