Posted: 5:38 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
By Cliff Renfrew
The team behind controversial movie Spring Breakers are making a big play to boost James Franco’s Oscar hopes.
Distribution company A24 have just released a new consideration advert featuring his seedy corn-rows wearing character, Alien, from director Harmony Korene’s drugs infused movie.
The poster shows Franco in a gangster style pose complete with fake tattoos – his backers have also launched a campaign via Twitter aimed at boosting his awards chances.
When the film was released in March Franco got some early buzz as a potential Best Supporting Actor nominee but following a summer of blockbusters the advert is designed to make sure his performance is not totally forgotten.
Spring Breakers – which also starred Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Heather Morris and Ashley Benson – split audiences and critics although Franco’s performance received praise.
The talented 35-year-old director/actor/writer was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for 127 Hours in 2011.
It remains to be seen if this latest push will result in a second nomination when the the 86th Oscar nominees are named on January 16 – the awards will be handed-out on Sunday, March 2, 2014.