London: James Franco has been named Leading Man of the Year by GQ magazine. The `127 Hours` star was recognised by the US edition of the magazine for his work during the last year.
The 32-year-old will be one of the five special cover stars to feature on the publication`s annual Men of the Year issue, Contactmusic reported.
Also featuring are rapper Drake, who was named Breakout Star of the Year, actor Jeff Bridges, who bagged the coveted Icon of the Year accolade, comedian, presenter and actor Stephen Colbert, who is the recipient of the Patriot of the Year prize.
Franco, who flawlessly portrayed gay characters in films like `Howl`, `Blind Spot` and `Milk` is simultaneously taking classes at five universities.
In his interview to the magazine, the 35-year-old star spoke of his interest in `queer theory` after taking a class with Michael Warner, one of the founders of the school of thought.
"It`s a wide-reaching approach to whatever, literature, life, politics. It is on the most basic level an anti-normative approach to all of these subjects. One approach to things might be to classify everything as, `This is straight, this is gay; this is Republican, this is Democrat`."
"The queer approach is to complicate all of that and see the way all of these different things are intermingled and connected," the actor said.