James Franco Oscar Campaign Begs Voters to ‘Consider this Sh*t’

James Franco: Oscar Nominee for 'Spring

A24 has launched a digital campaign for James Franco in “Spring Breakers,” with a Twitter feed that contains critics’ praise under the tagline “Consider This Sh*t.”

A second tweet included the words “We weren’t joking. Consider this shit very seriously. James Franco for Best Supporting Actor” while an animated conversation on Reddit came to life on Wednesday, with fans guessing the realistic possibilities of the nomination.

True, A24 is known for its irreverent presence on social media, but the question as to whether the HFPA and the Academy are listening is certainly worth pondering — though the Spirit Awards might be a more fitting berth.

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Harmony Korine’s controversial film, which also stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, drew strong reactions this  spring for its graphic mockery of MTV exploitation shows like “Jersey Shore,” but it was Franco’s performance as rapper/gangster Alien that garnered the most praise from critics.

“Franco dominates the proceedings after entering them about a half-hour in,” Guy Lodge wrote in Variety‘s review, while Manohla Dargis of the New York Times heralded him as “the fantastic Mr. Franco.”

It’s a competitive year, but at this point, anything is possible. In the recent past, Oscar voters have nominated plenty of dark horse contenders, including Robert Downey Jr. , “Tropic Thunder” (2008), Amy Adams, “Junebug” (2005), Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel” (2006), John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” (2010) and Demian Bichir, “A Better Life” (2011).

Franco has been nominated before for his work on “127 Hours” as best actor but the key measure could be whether the Academy has forgiven the actor for his performance as Oscar host a few years ago alongside Anne Hathaway.

“I felt kind of trapped in that material,” he later explained to Playboy. “I felt, This is not my boat. I’m just a passenger, but I’m going down and there’s no way out.”

The actor has since gone on to lampoon his performance, giving Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill free rein to roast him at a recent Comedy Central event, and now appears to have gotten over the entire incident.

“It’s great to be recognized and it’s great to be recognized by your peers,” he said in a recent interview. “But the situation you get into when you’re an Oscar hopeful, it’s like running for office.”

“Spring Breakers,” which opened in March, is available for purchase or download online.

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  1. Sarah Jones says:

    Franco’s ability to morph and transform into a character is impressive and certainly something to behold with his portrayal of this character. HOWEVER, aside from his performance, everything else in the film got very old very fast after the first fifteen minutes. My opinion: Franco should get an Oscar nod not only for his performance, but for carrying the entire movie so it that didn’t crash and burn.

  2. Ryan says:

    Preston Jones could totally kick James Franco’s @ss on screen (you know, if their characters were scripted to fight and Preston/James were directed to kick ass/get @ss kicked). That’s the sh*t I’m considering!

  3. Amy says:

    James was AMAZING in this role! The movie itself is beautiful, raw and really pretty incredible and is one of my favorites that he is done. I know a lot of people don’t get the film as a whole, but it is what it is. The film aside tho, no one can deny his acting was phenomenal (in my opinion) and he definitely deserves an oscar nom for his role.

  4. abrunette says:

    The award should go to rapper “Riff Raff” since James Franco based his entire character on him for his role in ‘Spring Breakers’. Riff Raff should get an acknowledgement here. I believe there may be legal proceedings underway.

    • Erinsheacory says:

      Have you ever been to south Florida? There’s a “Riff Raff” at evey other house (same style and vernacular) and there have been for decades. Points to you for demonstrating your cultural knowledge but if Riff Raff gets one penny from his rantings they should give a check to every other kid in Tampa.
      How bout dat sheeeiit!

  5. Ann Namouse says:

    If I was a member of the academy I would not vote for Franco in protest of his lack of performance at the Oscars. From now on people look at his inability from the point of view as to how much others do to make him look tolerable.

  6. VRaleigh says:

    From the second Franco appeared on screen I felt uncomfortable and dirty; he was absolutely fantastic. You completely forgot you were watching James Franco- all the audience saw was the character. It may not be the most traditional Academy Award movie, but what Franco did with the character of Alien was phenomenal and absolutely worth a nomination.

  7. Erinsheacory says:

    Accolades should be granted on merit and that alone; ignoring spectacular work for past unrelated/unimportant grievances just makes viewers uninterested at all. Bad for everyone all around; I hope he gets the credit he deserves for an amazing job.

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