Spirit Awards: Nominee James Franco Not Present
The 'Disaster Artist' star was nominated for best actor.
James Franco did not attend the Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Saturday.
The awards show comes just weeks after 10 women came forward and accused the actor of sexual misconduct.
Franco was nominated for best male lead at the Spirit Awards but wasn't shown in the audience when the nominees were pictured. He was up against Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats) and Robert Pattinson (Good Time). Chalamet won the award.
Franco was expected to also be nominated for an Oscar for his performance as The Room director Tommy Wiseau, and he took home the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy/musical. Soon after that awards show, however, several women took to Twitter to call him out for past inappropriate behavior.
He also won the Critics' Choice Award for his performance but skipped the ceremony. However, Franco resurfaced at the Screen Actors Guild Awards just days later, where he was nominated for best actor but lost to Darkest Hour's Gary Oldman. There, Alison Brie, who's married to his brother, Dave, spoke about the allegations against her brother-in-law.
"I think that above all what we've always said is that it remains vital that anyone who feels victimized should and does have the right to speak out and come forward," she said. "I obviously support my family, and not everything that's been reported is fully accurate, so I think we're waiting to get all of the information. But of course I think now is a time for listening, and that's what we're all trying to do."
Franco addressed the claims in an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. "If I've done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don't know what else to do," he said.
The New York Times canceled a planned TimesTalk event with the actor in January, citing "recent allegations."
The 33rd Spirit Awards, held in Santa Monica, will air live on IFC on March 3, at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, and will be hosted by actor/comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney for the second year.