'Spring Breakers' distributor starts James Franco Oscar campaign, wants Academy to 'consider this sh*t'
We've heard rumors before that James Franco was potentially getting marketed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Oscar hopeful for his role in Spring Breakers, but it's official now: Alien wants the bigwigs to "consider this sh*t."
Distributor A24 is making a push for Franco to be in the running for best supporting actor, posting promo materials on social media to get the actor the gold for playing the drug-dealing gangsta rapper. The image above appeared on Tuesday, with the company's Facebook page touting, "James Franco for Best Supporting Actor. Why y'all acting 'spicious?" Nice Photoshop job there.
As the local media (including us) have told you nonstop, the movie was shot around here, mostly in St. Pete Beach. You already knew that, though. what you may not recall from Juice* lore is that Franco was allegedly slumming around downtown St. Pete in character at the time, and barely anyone -- save the people who tipped us off -- were aware of it.
"James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition," a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "We are excited to be able to support it with a campaign and know the impact of Alien will last far past this awards season."
What timing, coming out just as his Comedy Central roast was set to air Wednesday night. And if there's one thing we know the Academy loves, it's Franco's offbeat sense of humor, which explains why they've all but disavowed his prior Oscars ceremony hosting performance.