Fresh off his Comedy Central roast, actor/everything James Franco is once again in the spotlight this week.
The 35-year-old actor is reportedly looking to win an Oscar for his role in the spring 2013 crime drama “Spring Breakers.” According to The Hollywood Reporter the actor, who played Alien, a rapper and hustler in the critically acclaimed Harmony Korine flick, is openly campaigning for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.
The campaign, which includes the circulation of a photo of Franco dressed in his character’s ensemble of Hawaiian shirt, cornrows and a gold grill, features him holding two Oscar-like statuettes while posing alongside two of the films bikini-clad stars, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens. The tagline: “Consider this s—t.” A spokesperson for A24, the films' distribution company, confirmed the legitimacy of the campaign Monday. “James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition," said a spokesperson. "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."
If successful the Oscar nomination will be the second for Franco, who was first recognized by the Academy for his work in the 2010 adventure drama “127 Hours.” He lost the Best Actor award to Colin Firth’s performance as George VI in “The King’s Speech.”
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Despite his efforts to win a bid for Best Supporting Actor this year, Franco asserted in 2011 on “The Daily Show” that his education is more important to him then his acting career, telling Jon Stewart that he chose to attend classes at Yale despite requests to appear on talk shows in honor of his nomination. “They wanted me to skip class so that I could be in town in New York, to go on the 'Today' show,” said Franco, who at the time was pursuing a PhD in English at the Ivy League institution. “I said ‘No, I’m not going to skip class.’” Franco said.