- James Franco wasn’t nominated for an Oscar this year.
- People expected him to be in the best actor category for his role in “The Disaster Artist.”
- Franco won the Golden Globe for best actor earlier this month.
- But those awards brought sexual misconduct allegations against him to light.
- Some experts believe the Oscars snub is the result of Franco’s alleged misconduct.
Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist” had critics buzzing all year — but the conversation took a drastic turn after Franco was awarded the Golden Globe for best actor earlier this month.
Following the Golden Globes, and with the added context of the #MeToo and “Time’s Up” initiatives, several women made public accusations against Franco for various forms of sexual misconduct. For a full look at the allegations against Franco, read our explanation here.
Now, some people believe Franco’s Oscar snub might be connected to the allegations made against him.
Voting for the nominations opened on January 5 — three days before the Golden Globes — and closed on January 12. The nominees for best actor this year were Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), and Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq”).
Several entertainment industry reporters and critics tweeted about Franco and the Academy Awards after the nominations were announced.
New York Magazine’s Kyle Buchanan called it at snub.
James Franco just got snubbed
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 23, 2018
Variety editor Kristopher Tapley said Franco getting “the boot” was a surprise.
So the big surprises: Phantom Thread shows up big in best pic, best director and best supporting actress. The year’s most awarded docs, Jane and City of Ghosts, snubbed. James Franco gets the boot.
— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) January 23, 2018
Tracking Board editor-in-chief Jeff Sneider said “it cost him,” likely referring to the allegations.
NO Franco! It cost him!
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 23, 2018
People’s reactions to the perceived snub were varied.
When The Disaster artist and James Franco get snubbed of Academy Nominations pic.twitter.com/jCyVrmHlOu
— Brendan Fusco ⚡️ (@brendanfooseGO) January 23, 2018
The Oscars to James Franco. pic.twitter.com/O0dQTfW0Hn
— Michael Yerxa (@mikeyerxa) January 23, 2018
— Akbar Saputra (@akb_r) January 23, 2018
Remember when everyone wholeheartedly believed that James Franco was gonna win an Oscar pic.twitter.com/4Xf0mZjX2m
— uncle pastuzo (@isvbella) January 23, 2018
Not nominating James Franco because of sexual assault allegations but still nominating Gary Oldman is the most Academy thing possible.
— Dan Doherty (@CASHEWJUlCE) January 23, 2018
James Franco didn’t get nominated pic.twitter.com/7tZ6FGLmf0
— dan (@phantomthread) January 23, 2018
Franco’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment. The actor addressed the allegations on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” earlier this month.
The 39-year-old said the Twitter accusations were “not accurate,” but added, “I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long. So I don’t want to shut them down in any way, and I think it’s a good thing and I support it.”
The conversation around Franco hasn’t died down. Over the weekend, actress Scarlett Johannson spoke out against Franco during a Women’s March event. Johannson asked a rhetorical question during a speech she gave in Los Angeles.
“How could a person publicly stand by an organization that helps to provide support for victims of sexual assault while privately preying on people who have no power?” she said.
Franco’s sister-in-law, actress Alison Brie, was asked about the allegations on the SAG Awards red carpet on Sunday.
“I think that above all what we’ve always said is that it remains vital that anyone that feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward,” Brie told E! News. “I obviously support my family, and not everything that’s been reported has been accurate, so I think we’re waiting to get all the information. But of course now is the time for listening, and that’s what we are all trying to do.”
The Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 4 on ABC. For more on the 2018 Academy Awards, follow along with INSIDER’s coverage here.
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