James Franco Will Join Supporting Actor Race with “Spring Breakers”
Exclusive: James Franco, already an Oscar nominee in the lead category for “127 Hours,” is throwing his hat in this year’s race. I’m told Annapurna Pictures will give Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” a qualifying run in December so that Franco is eligible. His character, Alien, is a runaway hit, and a surprising centerpiece of Korine’s as-usual saga of sex among teens–this time on spring break in Florida.
Alien turns out to be some of Franco’s best work, and certainly one of the top 5 supporting performances by an actor this season. At first when you see Franco with his cornrows, tattoos, and grillwork, you think he’s playing some run of the mill cheeseball drug dealing pimp. Then you realize that it’s a real character Franco has created, and Alien becomes quite the layered persona. Annapurna (owned by Megan Ellison, who also has “The Master” with TWC this season) will have to get screeners into voters’ hands, and or get Academy members into screening rooms ASAP.
Franco will be going up against a strong crowd that starts with Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master” and includes Alan Arkin and John Goodman in “Argo,” Robert DeNiro in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Jim Broadbent in “Cloud Atlas,” and as yet to be determined players from “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained.” And those are just the top tier names. Roberto Benigni was a standout in “To Rome with Love,” Bill Nighy was memorable in “Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln.”
The always busy Franco has just wrapped directing and acting in “As I Lay Dying,” the Faulkner classic. He’s off to film “Homefront” in New Orleans, with Jason Statham and Winona Ryder, and written by Sylvester Stallone.
[…] to the increasing Oscar buzz that is building around James Franco’s supporting performance, Showbiz 411 broke the news that Annapurna Pictures will be releasing Spring Breakers in December in order to qualify the film and co-star Franco for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Franco was […]
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[…] upon Franco’s admirably bizarre transformation into cornrowed, tattooed, grill-wearing Alien. Showbiz 411, who got the scoop about the qualifying run, goes so far as to call it “some of Franco’s […]
[…] Showbiz 411 who first obtained the scoop on James Franco’s Oscar consideration, is calling his cornrow wearing turn in Spring Breakers as, “some of Franco’s best work, and certainly one of the top 5 supporting performances by an actor this season. At first when you see Franco with his cornrows, tattoos, and grillwork, you think he’s playing some run of the mill cheeseball drug dealing pimp. Then you realize that it’s a real character Franco has created, and Alien becomes quite the layered persona.” […]
[…] de Oro a mejor por su interpretación de un cornrow al desgaste, tráfico de drogas y rapero, Showbiz 411 informa que Annapurna Pictures dará Spring Breakers una serie de presentaciones para así […]
[…] break forever, even in December. According to Showbiz 411 guru Roger Friedman, Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” may get an end-of-year releaseto qualify the film and co-star James Franco for the 85th annual Academy […]