A24 Really IS Pushing James Franco for a 'Spring Breakers' Oscar
Consider this sh*t! Oh yes, it's happening. The 2013 awards season is heating up and there's one underdog contender that might go all the way - James Franco as "Alien" in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. You heard right. A24 first released Spring Breakers in March this year and just posted a message on twitter: "We weren't joking. Consider this shit very seriously. James Franco for Best Supporting Actor." Attached is a brand new For Your Consideration ad they're placing. This is happening and I've confirmed they really are pushing Franco for a nomination, at least. Aside from Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club (who will probably win) the category is still open and there's no definitive nominees (except for Leto). But Franco has a chance?
Here's the newest For Your Consideration ad for James Franco as Alien, tweeted out by @A24Films today:
And here's the other initial FYC ad revealed in September to first start their awards push for James Franco:
As crazy as all this sounds, James Franco has risen to prominence recently and he does actually give a great performance in Spring Breakers. The film is much better than most expect and with the right support, he could get a nomination in the end. Way back in October of last year, after the film premiered at festivals, we ran a story about Annapurna Pictures considering releasing in 2012 in time to push Franco, but that was before A24 bought the film and set it for March 2013. Spring Breakers did quite well at the box office ($14 million in total) and got the attention of the real-life rapper that Franco is playing, which eventually lead to a lawsuit bringing even more attention to the film. Honestly, as crazy as this sounds at first, it would be fun and interesting to see Franco end up with a nomination. I hope it happens. "This is my fuckin' dream, y'all!"