Oscars 2018: James Franco snubbed, Christopher Plummer nominated

From BBC - January 23, 2018

The fallout from Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal appears to have been felt in this year's Oscar nominations, with James Franco missing out while Christopher Plummer made the cut.

Franco had been tipped for an Academy Award nomination for best actor.

But after he won a Golden Globe, five women accused him of inappropriate behaviour, which he disputed.

Plummer is up for best supporting actor after replacing Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World at the last minute.

Allegations against Spacey, Harvey Weinstein and others have dominated talk in Hollywood in recent months.

The accusations against Spacey emerged in October, less than two months before All The Money In The World was due to be released. (Spacey has issued an "absolute" denial of the allegations.)

Director Sir Ridley Scott decided to shoot Spacey's scenes again, with 88-year-old Christopher Plummer in his role - all while keeping to the original release schedule.

Despite the tight timeframe, the role has earned Plummer the third Oscar nomination of his career.

Franco, meanwhile, looked on course for his second Oscar nomination after winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for The Disaster Artist earlier this month. The winner of that award had been nominated for an Oscar for the last six years in a row.

But following the Globes, four students from his acting school and an actress told the LA Times they were victims of "an abuse of power".

Before Tuesday's nominations announcement, many leading tipsters expected him to be on the shortlist. Oscars voters had eight days to cast their ballots, and the LA Times story was published the day before voting closed.

Film critic Tim Robey said the allegations "almost certainly" cost Franco his nomination.

'Never a serious contender'


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