Awards season can be rough and rougher when you just won a few Golden Globes and then get accused of sexual misconduct. And now James Franco may have very well received his first and last award for “The Disaster Artist” this season since Academy voters are now asking “Can I change my vote?” That was the question several motion picture academy members were asking after James Franco was accused of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior in a Times investigation published Thursday.
As you may have seen a few of the allegations popped up on Twitter after the Golden Globes, most likely triggered by the fact that James Franco was wearing a #TimesUp pin and many of the women that have had confrontations with him thought it was ballsy of him to do all things considered.
Now the academy voters who wished to remain anonymous have told The Los Angeles Times: “I voted for him and reading that story, I regret that I did” another said “I liked him in ‘The Disaster Artist,’ but I wish I could have that vote back,” said another actress. “We had the Casey Affleck thing last year. It detracts from what we should be doing — celebrating the work.” As you may remember Casey Affleck won last year for his role in “Manchester By The Sea” even though he had two sexual assault suits against him at the time.
Now The Hollywood Reporter notes that Franco could have received many votes before the Time’s story was reported, and may still obtain an Oscars nomination only due to the timing of the voting window which ended just this Friday meaning he may have bagged enough early votes to win before the deadline. An Academy spokesperson told the Times that they may not rescind or change their votes after submitting their ballots. Though, we believe Franco could choose to take himself out of the awards show, though we’re not certain. He is however scheduled to go to the Screen Actor Guild Awards on the 21st of January, and if he shows up, then we’d have to guess the Oscars are also fair game.
For now, it sounds like the Academy has some decisions to be made and they need to make it soon.
Do you think James Franco should take himself out of awards season? Or do you think until allegations are proven true he should be able to keep going? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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