Thursday 26 April 2018

James Franco misses out on Oscar nod amid sexual misconduct allegations

He failed to land a best actor nod for The Disaster Artist.

James Franco
James Franco

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

James Franco has been snubbed for an Oscar nomination just weeks after he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

The star and director of The Disaster Artist missed out on a best actor nod for his portrayal of The Room’s eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, despite wins at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

He was previously nominated at the Oscars in 2011 for 127 Hours and hosted the ceremony with Anne Hathaway in 2011.

While Franco has denied the allegations made by five women in the Los Angeles Times, it is possible they derailed his chances of a nomination, in which Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman is the perceived front runner.

Academy members had just eight days to vote for the nominations, ending on January 12, shortly after allegations were published in the Los Angeles Times.

The piece was based on interviews with five women, including two who had accused the actor of harassment on Twitter after he won at the Golden Globes on January 7.

Franco won at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards but skipped the ceremony after the allegations emerged.

He was nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday but lost out to Oldman. He attended the star-studded bash but dodged the red carpet.

Alison Brie, who is married to Franco’s brother Dave, told E! News: “”I think that above all, what we’ve always said is it remains vital that anyone that feels victimised should and does have the right to speak out and come forward. I obviously support my family.

“Not everything that has been reported is fully 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’re all trying to do.”

The Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 4.

Press Association

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