And the Oscar may nonetheless go to… James Franco.
The actor, who’s among the many decisions for a nomination at this 12 months’s Academy Awards for his work on “The Catastrophe Artist,” may nonetheless be a robust contender for an Finest Actor on March four, regardless of the allegations of inappropriate and sexually exploitative conduct in opposition to him, as a result of Academy’s quick window of voting time.
Ballots have been despatched out to members of the Academy on Jan. 5 — two days earlier than Franco received the Golden Globe for Finest Actor in a Comedy for “The Catastrophe Artist” — and earlier than two ladies got here ahead on Twitter accusing him of sexual misconduct and inappropriate conduct.
The voting interval for the Oscars ends on Jan. 12 — which leaves solely last-minute voters grappling with the allegations that have been made in a bombshell L.A. Occasions piece posted Thursday morning with 5 ladies making accusations in opposition to the 39-year-old star.
A balloting chief for the Academy’s accounting agency, PwC, informed The Wrap that many citizens solid their ballots instantly, a small quantity are available in mid-week after which one other massive batch is shipped in final minute.
In accordance with The Wrap, the Oscars’ even have a preferential system of putting “passionate assist” of “consensus decisions” — which means Franco may have already got a fairly good shot earlier than the last-minute votes have even rolled in.
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The nominations will likely be introduced on Jan. 23.
Among the different huge contenders for the Oscar for Finest Actor embrace Gary Oldman (The Darkest Hour), Timothee Chalamet (Name me By Your Identify) and Daniel Day-Lewis(Phantom Thread), together with the probabilities of om Hanks (“The Submit”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Stronger”).
Franco was nominated for an Oscar solely as soon as in 2011 for his efficiency in “127 Hours.”
He was additionally the winner of the Finest Actor award at Thursday’s evening Critics’ Selection Awards, although he didn’t attend. The nominations for these awards have been introduced weeks earlier than any controversy surrounded the “The Interview” star again on Dec. 6, 2017.
His possibilities might presumably be dwindling for the Display Actors Guild Award, however the voting interval is sort of 75% full. The voting interval opened on Dec. 19 and ends on Jan. 24. The ceremony takes place on Jan. 21.
The Impartial Spirit Award nominations open up on Feb. three and finish of Feb. 16, so it is too early to say how the allegations will have an effect on his possibilities for that occasion.
Franco has been applauded for his portrayal of the real-life director of “The Room” Tommy Wiseau in “The Catastrophe Artist” — a film in regards to the worst film ever made.
In 2016, actor Nate Parker’s Oscar possibilities have been deterred after a rape accusation from his previous got here to mild. His film, “Beginning of a Nation,” was receiving appreciable buzz earlier than the allegations hit the media.
Casey Affleck was criticized main as much as the Oscars in 2017 primarily based on two sexual harassment instances he settled out of court docket, however he ended up successful the Academy Award for Finest Actor to the dismay of many.