James Franco was honoured in January with the best actor in a comedy film award at both the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards, but the star, who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct, was not nominated for an Oscar.
The Academy snubbed Franco in a somewhat surprising move, as Golden Globe winners are widely seen as a hint for who will get a coveted Oscars nod.
Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” was praised by critics, but that was before the actor was accused of “sexually exploitative behaviour” by five women who spoke to the Los Angeles Times.
Rumors first began swirling about Franco’s alleged misconduct after actress Ally Sheedy blasted his Golden Globes win.
Franco’s attorney denied the claims made about him by the five women who spoke to The Times. The actor told Stephen Colbert of Sheedy’s tweets, “I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I directed her in a play off-Broadway. I had nothing but a great time with her and I have total respect for her.”
But it seems the rumours surrounding Franco’s alleged inappropriate behaviour may have impacted his chance at an Academy Award nomination.
Voting for the Oscars was open from Jan. 5 to Jan. 12. The rumours first began swirling about Franco’s behaviour after the Golden Globes on Jan. 7, so smack in the middle of voting.
“The Disaster Artist” did score an Oscar nomination for best-adapted screenplay.
Franco skipped the Critics Choice Awards on January 11, but attended the SAG Awards on Sunday, avoiding the red carpet altogether. He sat at a table with his date Isabel Pakzad.
The Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday. The best actor nominees were Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington.
Source: Fox News