MARINA DEL REY, Calif.—James Deen was honored with two nominations by the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO): Male Performer of the Year and Mainstream Adult Media Favorite. Deen received Male Performer of the Year and Crossover Star of the Year at the recent AVN Awards, and he has also earned Male Performer of the Year honors from XBIZ, XCritic, RogReviews.com, and Orgazmik in 2013.
“I kept busy last year, and it's rewarding to see my effort recognized,” Deen said. “It's particularly rewarding to be nominated by the X-Rated Critics, because those dudes watch a lot of porno. When you can impress them, you must be doing something right.”
The XRCO is made up of professional writers and reviewers in the adult industry. The organization holds an informal invitation-only ceremony annually to honor the critics' choices of the best in the adult industry in the previous year. Deen was previously named XRCO’s Male Performer of the Year in 2009.
Deen’s Mainstream Adult Media Favorite nomination can be attributed to his starring role in the upcoming feature film from Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader, The Canyons, where he acts opposite Lindsay Lohan, and the interest in his working with the troubled mainstream star that followed. Deen also received an impressive amount of mainstream attention on his own in 2012, with features in outlets including GQ, Hollywood Reporter, US Magazine, New York Times, CNN.com and CNBC.com.
Deen’s newest mainstream project is as producer on Cowboys & Engines, a short steampunk western film. The project is currently in production and raising funds through KickStarter.com here.
The XRCO Awards will take place in Hollywood. The ceremony is open by invitation only to professionals in the adult industry.