James Franco was snubbed for an Oscar nomination after sexual harassment allegations began dogging the actor midway through the awards season. He also was passed over by the recent Screen Actors Guild awards.
Although Franco had already bagged Golden Globe and Critics' Choice awards for his performance in “The Disaster Artist,” his name wasn’t called when nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, People magazine noted.
Adding salt to the wound, “The Disaster Artist” did receive a nomination for the best adapted screenplay Oscar.
Allegations against Franco surfaced with a splash in a Jan. 11 expose by the Los Angeles Times in which five women accused him of engaging in inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior.
Four of the women were students at the film school that Franco founded, and the fifth woman said he was her mentor.
According to Deadline.com, they decided to take a stand against the actor after he stepped up to accept his Golden Globe Award while wearing a Time’s Up pin on his lapel.
Actress Violet Paley took to Twitter to describe an uncomfortable sexual encounter with Franco and it was not long before the other women followed suit.
Franco has fervently denied the accusations, calling them “not accurate” and stating on a recent "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearance, “If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it… I have to."
In the wake of the allegations, Franco opted to sit out the Critics’ Choice Awards, where he won best actor in a comedy for “The Disaster Artist,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
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