James Franco is ‘disappointed’ but ‘somewhat relieved’ he didn’t get an Oscar nom

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Yesterday, we discussed James Franco. Franco was “snubbed” for a Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Disaster Artist, which I believe was the whole point of the LA Times rushing to publish their story on him during the Oscar-nom-voting period. I also believe that had Franco gotten an Oscar nomination, media outlets were prepared to publish additional stories about Franco. What will happen to those stories? I hope they still come out. Good Morning America spoke to two of Franco’s accusers yesterday too – one says Franco is not a Weinstein-level predator, but the other made it sound like Franco is still an abusive douchebag.

Even though he was snubbed, Franco is still doing damage control on his image, and still trying to create an air of “these women are liars but I’m truly woke, so I will let them speak.” From E! News:

James Franco’s performance in The Disaster Artist was not recognized by The Academy’s 2018 Oscars nominations, a snub that has apparently left the actor with mixed emotions.

“James is disappointed in not getting an Oscar nomination,” a source tells E! News, “but also very understanding and somewhat relieved. He doesn’t want it to look like the snub is correlated with the allegations against him.”

Weeks ago, five women accused the 39-year-old actor of sexual misconduct in a Los Angeles Times exposé. Two of Franco’s accusers have also appeared on Good Morning America to share their accounts. The claims, which allege a range of inappropriate and exploitative behavior against his former students, have been denied by Franco. The insider adds, “James is trying to get through this rocky patch and hopes everything will blow over appropriately. He is really leaning on his family right now and trying to stay under the radar as much as possible.”

Franco did show up to last Sunday’s 2018 SAG Awards in support of his nomination in the Best Actor category, which he lost to Gary Oldman. He’s won awards for The Disaster Artist at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes, where Franco’s Time’s Up pin drew criticism from people online.

In the wake of the accusations, a source previously described Franco as “not doing well” and said his inner circle was “really worried about him.” Meanwhile, a separate longtime friend of Franco’s told E! News exclusively, “He is really hurt because he didn’t know that we would be in a place where giving someone a voice would be giving someone a license to speak without any accountability.”

[From E! News]

Being accused of assaulting, abusing and exploiting women = “this rocky patch.” Personally, I think it’s a little bit sad/funny when we’re in this in-between stage of not knowing the extent of a douchebag’s behavior and the douchebag still thinks that he can weather the storm. Harvey Weinstein had a few days like that too, where he thought he could “public relations” his way out of scandal.

As for this: “He doesn’t want it to look like the snub is correlated with the allegations against him.” Surely the right word is “caused” not “correlated”? Because there is correlation between the accusations and the Oscar snub, but the accusations might not be the causation.

Here’s Franco, keeping a low profile at the SAGs.

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  1. Mia4s says:

    My eye roll emoji just broke.

    God this guy was insufferable when I didn’t know he was a predator and harasser. Now? Go away Franco.

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      Lol!! Mine too…

      I was really troubled by this part of the statement above:

      ‘He didn’t know we would be in a place where giving a voice to someone was giving someone a licence to speak without any accountability’

      Anyone else seeing something wrong there? Asking for a friend…

      (Concerning Franco, now I know why I always found him creepy)

  2. Jen says:

    I still wonder if he had the votes and the Academy did some secret rearranging to avoid a PR disaster for organization. Voting opened on 1/5 and closed on 1/12. LA Times released their story on 1/11.

    Can a voter change their ballot? To be clear, either way I’m very happy he was shut out.

    • Mia4s says:

      If the system works as it’s supposed to, no, no changes or “alterations” can be made. The vote is handled by an outside accounting firm.

      Let’s not give him the satisfaction, he missed out on the nomination. Period.

    • MVC says:

      I don’t think he had the votes. IMO DDL and Denzel were meant to be nominated since the start.

    • QueenB says:

      What bugs me a bit is that it was so late in the voting process. So we’ll never know if it was because they changed their mind, if they didnt tihnk he deserved it or if they wanted to punish him for being such a terrible Oscar host.
      I would have loved it more for Franco to know that they didnt like his acting enough. That would hurt him more than thinking it was because of his behaviour.

    • Sunny says:

      To be fair Denzel already was nominated for Golden Globes and SAG, so he was very much on radar already for Oscar nom and DDL was of course meant to be nominated for Oscar cause he is great actor and that’s his last role and he also was nominated for GG.
      So it’s very probable that Franco simply didn’t make it into the noms due to not having enough votes for him and that has nothing to do with the publishing of story.

    • KBB says:

      No, Daniel Day Lewis wasn’t nominated for the earlier awards because people hadn’t seen Phantom Thread yet. Franco just wasn’t as good as the other actors nominated. He only won the globe because comedy was a separate category. He wasn’t nominated for a BAFTA either and those were chosen well before the misconduct stuff came out.

  3. Slowsnow says:

    Kaiser, I love your semantic correction of “correlated”.
    I could marry you if I was not married already!

  4. Deniz says:

    Sadly there are people out there who still side with Franco and many other abusers. I got into it last night on a FB post, where someone I knew from HS said Franco is being “attacked” and this is a “witch hunt” against him. Wow I almost lost it lol. And his gf, said she is a “man-supporter” as well. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. We still have a ways to go, but we are closer than ever. If you don’t fight for all women, you fight for no women <3

  5. Lizzie says:

    somewhat relieved? SURE JAN. he’s devastated. all he wants is an academy award b/c he thinks he’s the second coming of james dean. a snub couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy – BARF

  6. MVC says:

    I don’t think the story affected his nomination. DDL got his spot, the Academy loved his movie. The Disaster Artist was a joke and I don’t think the Academy took It serioulsy. A24 should’ve campaigned for The Florida Project instead :(

    • mia girl says:

      If we are talking A24 movies, they should have campaigned for Robert Pattinson in Good Time before Franco. I saw both films and Pattinson’s delivered a much better performance. I wasn’t all that impressed with The Disaster Artist or James Franco’s performance. Pattinson on the other hand was really, really good.

      • MVC says:

        I haven’t watch that so I can’t talk about Pattinsons performance but I do think he’s a good actor. I guess A24 doesn’t have a lot of money to campaign.

  7. JEM says:

    That last sentence about how he’s hurt because of the lack of accountability makes me want to SCREAM. He doesn’t have a right to be “hurt”. And it’s such bullshit male crap to say that anyone can make allegations with no “accountability”. Was he held accountable all those years he was sexually harassing and assaulting women?! And these women are making themselves available to be publicly questioned – how much more accountable can they make themselves?

    • SilverUnicorn says:

      It’s double-speak for

      ‘I didn’t want to be held accountable and I am hurt these b!!ches have now a voice and people listen to them’

  8. tw says:

    His “Just for Men” dye job at the SAGs, oh lord.

  9. Really says:

    Relieved he didn’t get nominated my a**. You know he wanted it bad.

  10. LadyT says:

    I have no doubt his abominable “hosting” job in 2011 lost him a few votes from The Academy. I remember it well. I’m sure the members do too.

  11. Loo says:

    People who say that they KNOW that the sexual harassment allegations are the reason that he was snubbed are lying. That story broke 2 days before voting ended, for all we know most people had voted before then. Denzel was nominated for an SAG so no his nomination did not come out of nowhere. The Oscars are not huge fans of comedies, it’s entirely possible that he was never getting a nomination.

  12. Keaton says:

    I don’t think he was going to get a nomination anyway. There were no big surprises in the Best Actor noms, except arguably Daniel Kaluuya.

    I’ve read alot of people defending James Franco because he isn’t accused of something as vile as rape. It pisses me off to see people downplay his abuse of power. He’s exactly the type of guy that needs to get called out because his behavior is ubiquitous. I think alot of these men in Hollywood find the Harvey Weinsteins convenient because they’re easy to tag as monsters and “not like me!.” But not so much with Franco.

  13. Katie says:

    Franco is creepy and full of himself.

  14. Bridget says:

    Dear James Franco, I’m pretty sure that more accountability is the LAST thing you want. Remember that professor that was fired for giving you a D and for calling you out on being totally absent but pushed through by the school for good press?

    • Jeannie says:

      I forgot abt that! What a dbag.

      I always got creepy vibes from Franco, n he can lose me w pretending like he’s the victim.

  15. Cupcake says:

    Looks like Tommy Wiseau’s Oscar dream ends here.

  16. AngieB says:

    I see Jason Priestley every time I glance at this photo and immediately feel bad for JP.

  17. Hyacinth says:

    Franco’s low key campaign against his accusers just makes me hate him even more. He looks so sad because he never thought he would be held accountable for his actions, he ALWAYS thought people would believe him over some young women. How sad for Franco, to actually be held accountable for his horrible actions!

    If it’s true that he removed the plastic guards before performing oral sex in a movie, that is tantamount to rape in my opinion. He made it clear he would punish actors who didn’t do nudity upon request, so yes there must’ve been an immense amount of pressure on the women he did this too.

    And him and Aziz should avoid women in their 20s, there is an actual reason people date within their age range. Notice how Franco never pressured any actors that were his age, 39? I wish women in their early twenties would take this to heart and stay away from celebs, they don’t want to claim you as there gf, unless they’re facing sexual harassment allegations, then they take you to the SAGs (a la Franco)!

  18. TheOtherSam says:

    ‘He didn’t know we would be in a place where giving a voice to someone was giving someone a license to speak without any accountability’

    Since when do actors and other creatives in the public eye get ‘accountability’ in the way he notes it here? They don’t have an HR department or employee tribunal to decide their fate like the rest of us do, with a kind of due process. We – the Paying Public – get to decide whether they stay popular or not, and hence employed.

    If you can’t behave in a manner that keeps the public happy with you, you don’t get to keep the career or job. Doesn’t seem fair perhaps, but its the way it is and frankly given the huge lopsided amounts of money made kind of appropriate.