A24 Films will campaign James Franco for Best Supporting Actor during this awards season, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
James Franco starred as Alien in Spring Breakers, which was released earlier this year after premiering at last year’s Venice International Film Festival. In the March indie release directed by Harmony Korine, Franco played a Gangsta rapper with cornrows and a teeth-grill.
“James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition,” an A24 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.”
“We plan to create an awards campaign that is thematically consistent with the film itself,” the A24 spokesperson told THR about the unconventional language.
As it stands, Franco will have an uphill battle to contend for a nomination.
In Scott Feinberg’s first Feinberg Forecast of awards season, the top five front runners in the supporting actor race are:
Josh Brolin (Labor Day)
Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)
George Clooney (Gravity)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
42, released this past April, featured a strong performance from Harrison Ford as Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. Feinberg lists Ford as a possibility. Franco is not even listed anywhere, not even as a long shot.